Bungay one way system gets green light
A proposal to trial a one way system in Bungay town centre has been given the go ahead
The trial scheme, which is designed to reduce congestion and improve safety for children attending St Edmunds Primary School, will see St Mary’s Street and part of Lower Olland Street made one way northbound, with southbound traffic being diverted through Trinity Street and Wharton Street.
This is part of wider proposals to improve the public space in this important Suffolk market town.
The scheme will also:
- Enhance the town centre and provide a more attractive environment for shoppers and visitors
- Create new pavements in Lower Olland Street, where none currently exist, and widen pavements in St Mary’s Street
- Improve access for wheelchairs and pushchairs
- Ease traffic flow and improve provision for deliveries
- Reduce the potential for properties to be struck by large vehicles
- Provide a new entrance into Wharton Street car park.
The trial has the support of Bungay Town Council, the Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Waveney District Council and local county councillor David Ritchie.
It follows public consultation in December 2010 which showed that 64% of the 251 residents that replied to questionnaires supported the St Mary’s Street one way system idea. At this time, the consultation also showed support from the business community.
Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder responsible for roads, planning and transport, has given his backing to the scheme. He said:
“We think this scheme will hugely improve the built environment for Bungay and create a much more inviting shopping and pedestrian environment which, in time, will attract more visitors to the town.
“The changes are a trial and the county council will be monitoring it closely to see where it can be further improved to benefit everyone. During the trial period, I urge the public to give us feedback on the scheme.”
Terry Reeve, Bungay Town Mayor, said:
“Bungay Town Council is pleased that the scheme is going ahead. We do understand people's concerns and opposition to the scheme, but do believe that those concerns can be addressed by the design of the scheme. Implementing a trial order will allow us to understand how the scheme will work and make any adjustments if needed.”
As this is a trail scheme, it will be implemented and monitored closely for a minimum of six months so that an objective assessment of its benefits and disadvantages can be made.
An independent study will be commissioned to assess the suitability of Trinity Street as part of a one way system before the trial is introduced.
Plans will be put in place to amend or remove the one way system at short notice should there be any significant or unforeseen problems which cannot be resolved.