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
  • 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).

Meeting Suffolk’s Rail Needs

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. 

New East West Rail Eastern Section Rail Prospectus

The East West Rail Eastern Section Rail Prospectus (PDF, 1.8MB) sets out the economic and growth opportunities that can be realised by providing better rail connectivity between Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge with Milton Keynes, Oxford and beyond. 

The prospectus has been developed by local authorities in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in conjunction with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and the East West Rail Consortium. Through better rail connectivity, the three counties have the potential to improve economic performance, grow industries, create new jobs, and enable housing growth, as well as reduce road congestion and long journey times. 

The rail route between Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge already exists and will form the Eastern Section of the East West Rail link – a new rail route which will connect the Eastern Section via Cambridge and Bedford (known as the Central Section) with Aylesbury, Milton Keynes and Oxford (the Western Section). 

Work is progressing on delivering the Western Section and a route is being determined for the Central Section, but the Eastern Section urgently needs upgrading before the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire can reach their full economic potential and play their part in forming a strategic rail route from East to West.

Eastern Section stakeholders will be working with East West Rail Consortium partners, Members of Parliament, businesses, national bodies and government organisations to drive forward the improvements needed to support increased passenger rail frequencies, reduce journey times and support more freight on rail.

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