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Work to move puffin crossing in Great Barton halted after 'shallow' cables discovered

Work to move a puffin crossing on a busy route through a village near Bury St Edmunds has been halted.

Suffolk Highways started work this week to relocate the crossing, in The Street, Great Barton, to outside the Church Institute Hall.

The move aims to combat high levels of air pollution as the crossing was surrounded by buildings and high trees, which created a 'canyon effect' and prevented car fumes from dispersing.

The Street, Great Barton. Picture: Google (17675066)
The Street, Great Barton. Picture: Google (17675066)

However, a Suffolk Highways spokeswoman said utility cables discovered 'beneath the footway were too shallow for the works to continue safely'.

"Unfortunately, this issue was unforeseen before work was started by Suffolk Highways," she said.

"Suffolk Highways is now working with BT and UKPN on the best way to resolve the safety issue as quickly as possible for the work to continue.

"Local residents will be kept updated on all further developments."

She added that improvement works will 'continue as planned' at the junctions with School Road and East Barton Road.

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