Transport strategy and plans

Find the Suffolk Local Transport Plan and Assessment Management Plan, Suffolk Rail Prospectus and New Anglia Strategic Economic Plan.

Suffolk's Local Transport Plan 2011 - 2031

The Local Transport Plan (LTP) outlines our objectives for transport:

The following documents support of the development of the Local Transport Plan:

Bury St Edmunds Transport Strategy

The Suffolk Local Transport Plan (LTP), which was agreed by the County Council in 2011, sets out the strategic approach to dealing with the impact of development and growth within the County and identified 11 strategic towns for particular focus. This strategy sets out a three pronged approach to:

  • reduce the demand for car travel;
  • achieve more efficient use and better management of the transport network; and
  • where affordable – make infrastructure improvements, particularly for sustainable transport.

Delivering the strategy will need financial commitment from the county council and other funding bodies, support from St Edmundsbury Borough Council in planning approvals and in securing developer contributions, and willingness to cooperate from developers themselves.

The County Council has continued work to assess the transport needs of Bury St Edmunds over the longer term and to develop our strategy to a more detailed level including proposals for travel planning, cycle infrastructure improvements, public transport improvements and measures to address pinch points on the road network. This work has been brought together in the Bury St Edmunds Transport Strategy report; this report is a working document highlighting the work undertaken to date. Please click on the links below to read the strategy and the supporting appendices.

Related transport strategies

Download the Lowestoft transport strategy (PDF, 807KB).

Suffolk Rail Prospectus

The Suffolk Rail Prospectus (PDF, 1.6MB) sets out the county’s rail priorities over the next 20 years and identifies how interventions can help support and grow the Suffolk economy.

The rail prospectus has been developed in partnership with local authorities, businesses and rail stakeholders.

It'll be used to lobby Government, franchise holders and Network Rail to deliver improvements to the county’s rail network and the passenger rail services that operate on it.

East Anglia Rail Prospectus

The Suffolk Rail Prospectus complements the East Anglia Rail Prospectus.

It was developed by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership in partnership with local authorities from Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

The East Anglia Rail Prospectus contains proposals for addressing strategic issues affecting the East Anglia region. Download the East Anglia Rail Prospectus on the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership website.

Joint Suffolk and Essex Rail Conference 2017

Our first joint Rail Conference with Essex County Council took place on the 10 November 2017 and was attended by local politicians, members of Parliament, rail industry experts and other stakeholders. This year’s conference focused on the economic benefits of investment in rail, looked at key infrastructure requirements for the region and how we can work together.

Presentations were provided by:

We would like to thank all of the speakers and all of those who attended the conference.

Suffolk Rail Conference 2016

The 2016 Suffolk Rail Conference took place on the 24 October and was attended by local politicians, members of Parliament, rail industry experts and other stakeholders. This year’s conference focused on the new Greater Anglia Rail Franchise, and the rail infrastructure required to deliver improved rail services. Presentations were also delivered on the Crossrail project, the East West Rail Link, and innovative TRL rail projects being developed across the UK.

Download the 2016 Suffolk presentation slides (PDF, 5.4MB).

Presentations were provided by:

  • Jo Churchill, Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds
  • Mark Pendlington, Chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Jane Cornthwaite, Lead Market Director, Rail Executive
  • Jamie Burles, Managing Director, Greater Anglia
  • Chris Rowley, Principal Strategic Planner for London and South East, Network Rail
  • Jonathan Baggs, Community Relations Manager, Crossrail
  • Patrick O’Sullivan, Project Lead, East West Rail Consortium
  • Rebeka Sellick, Head of Rail, TRL
  • Councillor Philip Smart, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Transport at Ipswich Borough Council

Interest group presentations

In addition to listening to the presentations, delegates were also invited to participate in interest groups, which discussed:

Discussions during the day will be used to help shape Suffolk’s rail plan and lobbying work.

New Anglia Strategic Economic Plan

In March 2014 the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) submitted its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) to the Government.

This document makes the case for investment in a large number of major transport, infrastructure, skills and housing projects which the NALEP believes are required to help the East Anglian economy provide:

  • 95,000 new jobs
  • 117,000 new homes
  • 10,000 new businesses by 2026

The document will be used as a basis for negotiation between the NALEP and a number of central Government departments, including the Department of Transport, on how much central Government capital and revenue funding the area of East Anglia will receive for major transport and infrastructure schemes between 2015/16 and 2021.

For more information, call 01603 510070 or email

Or write to: 

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
The Walpole Suite
Ketteringham Hall
NR18 9RS

Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership

As part of the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership, Suffolk County Council analyses collision data across the county, to identify where collisions occur and where road users may be at a higher risk than expected.

The Council works closely with the Police and other partners to investigate the cause of collisions and to establish whether any preventive measures are required in the future. This work helps deliver the main aim of the Suffolk Roadsafe Strategy, which is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in collisions on the county’s roads.

Download the annual road safety report (PDF, 4.6MB).