Bell Lane, Kesgrave and Beech Road, Rushmere St Andrew

The traffic signals at the Bell Lane/ Main Road and Beech Road/ Woodbridge Road will be upgraded, including some footway reconstruction and resurfacing

These improvements will enable traffic to move through the junctions more efficiently due to improved traffic signals which monitor traffic levels. The improvements will also offer a safer route to work and school and for pedestrians and cyclists. 

The benefits of scheme on completion will be:

  • Reduced congestion, improved journey times, keeping traffic moving
  • Safe and reliable routes for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Modern and efficient traffic signal equipment

You can view the location of the junctions (PDF, 198KB).

Dates and timescales 

Dates Monday 24 July 2017 to Saturday 2 September 2017
Locations Bell Lane / Main Road junction, Kesgrave and Beech Road / Woodbridge Road junction, Rushmere St Andrew
Overnight working times 7.30pm - 5.30am

Suffolk Highways have planned these improvements to be delivered during the school holidays to minimise disruption on this key route and works will be undertaken overnight to further reduce the time on site during the day.

The dates of these works may be subject to change due to uncontrollable factors, such as periods of bad weather. Updates will be provided in the below tab if a delay occurs. 

Further information and updates about these works

Read about each phase and advise about gaining access to properties and businesses in the roadworks area.

Location: Bell Lane and Main Road junction, Kesgrave

Start date: Monday 24 July 2017

Planned end date: Saturday 12 August 2017

The traffic signals at the Bell Lane and Main Road junction will be upgraded and the existing shared use footpath will be reconstructed.  


Location: Beech Road and Woodbridge Road junction, Rushmere St Andrew

Start date: Monday 14 August 2017

Planned end date: Saturday 2 September 2017

The existing traffic signals will also be upgraded at the Beech Road and Woodbridge Road junction. The shared footpath will be extended and the junction will be resurfaced

The junction improvements at Beech Road/ Woodbridge Road are near completion.

The resurfacing work at the junction has now been extended onto Beech Road, Rushmere St Andrew from the junction with Woodbridge Road to Beech Grove.

The temporary traffic signals will remain in place until the evening of Thursday 7 September 2017 to enable us to complete this work.

The section of Beech Road will be closed for the duration of the works between 7pm and 5am each night.

The revised programme of works will be as detailed below: 

  • Monday 4 September and Tuesday 5 September: Resurfacing and relining the junction and Beech Road
  • Wednesday 6 September: Installation of traffic signal sensors
  • Thursday 7 September: Commissioning the upgraded traffic signals and removal of all traffic management

View the diversion route during the above works (PDF, 2.4MB).

The junction improvements will be complete on the evening of Thursday 7 September, ahead of the Tour of Britain. 

For the duration of both phases, work will take place overnight, 7.30pm– 5.30am, Monday to Saturday. The road will remain open for the duration of the works however the two lanes of traffic will be reduced to one lane overnight during the works. The current traffic signals will be switched off to undertake the upgrades and temporary traffic signals will be in place at all times.

Traffic flow will be continuously monitored during the works.

Pedestrians will be able to access properties and businesses during the improvement works.   However, once the road closure is in place to complete the resurfacing works at the end of phase 2, vehicular access to your property may be temporarily unavailable for periods of 15-20 minutes, for example, if we are digging up the road outside your property or laying a new surface. Through traffic will be required to follow the signed diversion.

Staff on site will be able to answer any questions and help you safely get in or out of the area.

Businesses: We understand that businesses need to know that customers can still visit so, where appropriate, we will display signs saying “Businesses open as usual”.

Parking: Before the start time of the works, all parked vehicles must be removed from the road. 

Noise: We will use vehicles, heavy machinery and equipment that will create noise, but we will keep the noise down as much as possible.

Other services have been notified of these works including emergency services, local bus operators and Suffolk Coastal District Council for bin collections.

If you have any questions during the works, please speak to staff on site. Alternatively, you can contact us via:

  • web chat by selecting 'chat with us' in the right hand corner
  • phone: 0345 606 6171


We would be grateful for feedback on how the works were carried out and what you think of the result to help us improve our service.

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