Consultation announced for A12 four village bypass as part of SEGWay scheme

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We are inviting people to have their say on proposals to build a bypass between Saxmundham and Wickham Market as part of Suffolk’s Energy Gateway (SEGWay).

The four-and-a-half mile single carriageway section of the A12 between Saxmundham (A1094) and Wickham Market (B1078), links two dual carriageway sections of highway. Tourism is a highly important sector for the economy in this area of Suffolk. There is limited rail access and so resorts and popular cultural events in the area depend largely on the A12, resulting in high traffic volumes during the summer months.

At the end of 2016, Suffolk County Council successfully secured funding from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Large Local Major Schemes Programme to further develop the business case for a scheme which aims to deliver improvements to this section of the A12. The final case for government funding will be submitted before the end of the year.

The proposed scheme aims to build a bypass for Farnham, Stratford St Andrew, Glemham and Marlesford to deliver the following:

  • Reduce congestion and journey delay
  • Improve journey time reliability providing support for the local economy and improved productivity
  • Reduce community severance
  • Provide the capacity required to enable, support and deliver growth across all economic sectors, including the potential future construction and operation of Sizewell C nuclear power station.
  • Reduce accidents
  • Improve air quality and reduce noise impacts for communities alongside the A12
  • Future proof the function of the A12 as part of Suffolk’s emerging Major Road Network

The Council has developed the case for investment and is now sharing two possible route options with the public.

The options to be considered are as follows:

  • Option 1: A single carriageway route that would begin at a new roundabout junction with the A1094 and the A12 Saxmundham Bypass at Friday Street. It would then run south, to the east of the A12 and the four villages of Farnham, Stratford St. Andrew, Little Glemham and Marlesford, crossing the rivers Alde and Ore. It would re-join the current A12 alignment where the current dual carriageway Wickham Market Bypass begins.

The new road would follow a relatively direct alignment, which reflects design standards for a 60mph single carriageway road.

  • Option 2: A dual carriageway route that would begin at a new roundabout junction with the A1094 and the A12 Saxmundham Bypass at Friday Street. Like option 1, it would then run south, to the east of the A12 and the four villages, crossing the rivers Alde and Ore. It would re-join the current A12 alignment immediately to the north of the A12/B1078 Wickham Market interchange.

The new road would follow a more curved alignment, suitable for 70mph dual carriageway roads.

Councillor Alexander Nicoll, Member with Special Responsibility for Highways Information, said:

“I am delighted to be able to share the two options we have developed to build a new bypass between Saxmundham and Wickham Market.

“As part of Suffolk’s Energy Gateway, this scheme aimsto improve the road network and support economic growth in east Suffolk. This will enhance the quality of life for local people and future generations. Both proposed routes provide significant environmental and economic benefits, improving transport links, air quality and road safety.  

“It is vital that we understand and appreciate people’s views concerning this scheme before we submit our final case to Government. I urge all locally to have their say on this consultation.” 

The consultation starts today and will run for six weeks until Wednesday 25 October. Full details of the proposals can be viewed at www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations

Two exhibition sessions will be held at the Riverside Centre in Stratford St Andrew (6 Great Glemham Road, Stratford St Andrew, Saxmundham, IP17 1LL) on the following days:

  • Wednesday 20 September, 2017 at 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday 23 September, 2017 at 10am to 6pm

Responses will be analysed following the consultation closure. The business case will then be refined and submitted to the Department for Transport. If approved, Suffolk County Council will embark on the planning process connected with the bypass in 2018.