Lorry route plan review in Suffolk

The technical and community led review of lorry routes that considers new strategic roads, new Lorry Watch areas and Air Quality Management Areas in Suffolk.

Councillor Andrew Reid, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs has announced a review of the county’s Lorry Route Plan.

The plan was last reviewed in 2011 and since then there have been a number of changes across Suffolk including new strategic roads, new Lorry Watch areas and Air Quality Management Areas.

The review will involve two parts and will update and validate the County Council’s existing routes.

Technical review

The technical review is currently taking place and is a strategic technical review. This'll look at all the data and evidence including:

  • collision records and traffic data
  • Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) for weight, width and height restrictions
  • the resilient road network and its strategic road network diversions as well as GPS data – origin, destination and route and the locations of building strikes
  • public complaints
  • data from Lorry Watch schemes

Community led review

The community led review will seek views of Parish and Town Councils about their local issues and intelligence.

Information will be gathered by a survey sent to all of Suffolk’s Parish and Town Councils and their County Councillor will then be asked to endorse and prioritise the key issues for their area.

Share your views

Member of the public or a business who wish to give feedback on HGV movements across Suffolk, need to contact their parish or town council who'll are collating responses.


The review is due to be completed in 2021.

The review is taking longer than expected due to COVID-19. It is important we assess traffic levels in normal times and identify the impact the pandemic is having on traffic. Also, many of the county council’s resources including officer time are having to be focused elsewhere as we try to restart and recover from COVID-19.