Work to build Eastern Relief Road in Bury St Edmunds is delayed

The route of the Eastern Relief Road
The route of the Eastern Relief Road
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Work to build the £15 million Eastern Relief Road in Bury has been delayed as ‘legal agreements’ continue to be thrashed out.

Construction on the road was due to start in January but the contract to build is yet to be awarded.

The county council has declined to say when work will begin but still aims to get the first phase of the road ready to serve the new Sybil Andrews Academy, due to open in September. It follows a number of ongoing legal agreements including negotiations between St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Churchmanor Estates to unlock the final piece of land needed for the development.

St Edmundsbury had considered using a compulsory purchase order to obtain the land, which is owned by the Rougham Estate with Churchmanor acting as its agent.

The relief road, linking the eastern edge of Moreton Hall with junction 45 of the A14, is needed for the new school as well as the creation of Suffolk Business Park and 500 homes.

A borough council spokesman said: “We are still negotiating with the landowners and CPO powers will only be used where absolutely necessary.”

A county council spokesman added: “Tenders have been returned from bidding contractors and assessed for quality of bid as well as financial feasibility. This is a complex project involving a number of legal agreements between various parties. We will award the contract for road construction when these agreements are in place and the necessary land is made available to us.”