Suffolk MP visits site at the A140 in Brome and is 'delighted' with the improvements

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Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, visited the junction improvement works at the A140 in Brome, near Eye Airfield.

The visit was hosted by Suffolk County Council and Interserve, the improvement scheme’s contractor. 

The works will improve journey time and road safety in the area and provide better access to the Eye Airfield Development Area. The improvements include:

  • Two new roundabout junctions on the A140 Castleton Way and south of Rectory Road
  • A link road through to B1077 from the Northern roundabout
  • Restricted movements at the A140/B1077 junction: prohibit right turns in and out improving journey times and safety
  • Closure of the A140/Rectory Road junction
  • Landscaping and new pathways for walkers and cyclists

Feasibility studies were carried out along the stretch of road by Suffolk County Council following concerns received from members of the public and local stakeholders about access to and from businesses based on the Industrial Park, with lengthy queues and delays entering and exiting the area.

The main access into the Industrial Park is via a busy junction and the flow of traffic is regularly slowed or halted by vehicles attempting to enter or leave the site, creating the risk of accidents and diminished road safety.

Dr Poulter has been working closely with Suffolk County Council and Interserve to monitor the progress of the of improvements to the A140.

There have been some delays to the original programme due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is now due to finish in early 2021.

Councillor Andrew Reid, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs, said:

"I would like to thank residents for their patience regarding these vital improvement works.

“There have been delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which have been unavoidable. We are trying to claw back some of the time we have lost and we will keep the local community updated on the revised timescale.

"Once the improvement works are completed, the new road layout will unlock Eye Airfield for economic development. There will also be significant highway benefits because access to the A140 will be safer and more efficient, resolving long standing safety and congestion issues."

Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter said:

“Works to improve the junction near Eye Airfield at the A140 in Brome are long overdue and I have been working closely with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and a number of businesses in the area to bring about the required change.

“For those businesses working in the road haulage or supply chain sector, scheduling is critical and delays such as those currently experienced are unhelpful at best, and potentially detrimental to the flow of business. The new improvements to this busy junction will help to greatly improve road safety and congestion issues for those living and working in the area, as well as greatly enhancing access to the Industrial Park and Eye Airfield Development Area.

“I am delighted to have helped secure vital Government funding for this project and to finally see the works underway.”

Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for economic development and growth said:

“It is very positive to see how the improvements works are starting to take shape. I know local businesses and residents who regularly travel through this area are looking forward to this work being completed and benefiting from the subsequent reduction in traffic.”

To keep up to date with the project’s latest developments visit the programme’s dedicated website at https://eyea140scheme.co.uk/