Works in Bury St Edmunds come to an end

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The final phase of civil work to improve walking and cycling facilities around Northgate Roundabout is due to finish on Friday 20 April 2018.

The end of the civil work will make way for resurfacing and line painting on 30 April for 4 nights, which will complete the scheme. During the one week break between the completion of the civil work and the start of the resurfacing, all barriers will be removed and a temporary pedestrian crossing will be in place.

The final phase included widening the footway along Out Northgate to provide a shared-space link with the constructed shared-space and toucan crossing on Tayfen Road. The completion of the Northgate roundabout/Tayfen Road works marks the end of highway improvements across Bury St Edmunds. A total of £2.75 million has been spent on sustainable transport schemes, which will also support housing and job growth in the town.

All schemes have been jointly funded by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Suffolk County Council. The funding has delivered three key highway schemes:

  • Removal of two mini roundabouts, widening footways to provide shared-space and installation of toucan crossing at Parkway/Cullum Rd/Westgate and Out Westgate junction.
  • Widening of footpaths to provide shared-space and replacement of old traffic signals at Vinery Road/Horringer Road/Out Westgate/Petticoat Lane junction.
  • Installation of toucan crossing and widening of footways to provide shared-space at Tayfen Road/Out Northgate/Northgate/Compiegne Way junction.

The work on all junctions has sought to improve walking and cycling facilities, linking up cycle routes between the town centre and outer quarters, such as the railway station, Western Way and West Suffolk Hospital. The improvements will also enable more children to walk and cycle to school.

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said:

“The council is pleased to see the completion of this project, this is a significant investment that recognises the future demand on the road network in Bury St Edmunds so pedestrians and cyclists, users of public transport and of course motorists, can move around more safely.

“In all the schemes we have delivered, we have worked to ensure they are of the highest standard. This means that during works we have replaced ageing highways infrastructure and addressed maintenance issues such as damaged carriageway and drainage.

“Those on site have worked extremely hard to make the works as short as possible and I thank everyone for their patience while we have delivered these improvements.”

The highway improvement schemes have been delivered to support over 5,000 additional homes due to be delivered in Bury St Edmunds over the next 13 years.