Lorry Route Plan review in Suffolk

The technical and community led review of lorry routes that considers changes to the highway network since the plan was updated in 2011.

Suffolk County Council has completed its review of the recommended lorry route map for the county.

The review was undertaken to reflect changes to the layout and use of the road network since the initial map was published in 2011 (with a minor update in 2017). The review was formed of two parts; a technical review and a community-led review.

Technical review

The technical review looked at a range of evidence including:

  • Collision records
  • Traffic data
  • Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) for weight, width and height restrictions
  • The resilient road network and its strategic road network diversions
  • GPS data showing the origin and destination of trips and routes taken
  • Air quality monitoring

Community-led review

The community-led review included a survey to all town and parish councils across Suffolk. Each council was invited to provide feedback on their top three priorities for lorry routing in their area. Ipswich Borough Council was engaged separately as there was no existing map for the town.

The County Council received responses from 149 local councils providing feedback on 331 sites in the county.

The feedback provided has been analysed using the data available to determine whether any changes are needed to the recommended lorry route map. Where changes have been deemed necessary, these have been reflected on the updated map.

Where changes to map have not been deemed necessary, the County Council has explored alternative options to mitigate some of the concerns raised.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. There is no statutory duty to publish a recommended Lorry Network Map and having one does not prohibit HGVs from using other roads. Traffic Regulation Orders may be used to restrict the use of roads considered unsuitable for HGVs

The Lorry Watch scheme page gives further information on the current active lorry watch schemes. Lorry Watch schemes can only be used where there is a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in place giving a weight restriction.

You can do this using the Highways Reporting Tool by visiting Report an incident with a heavy goods vehicle.

Planning decisions are taken by the district and borough councils as the local planning authority.

Suffolk County Council as the Highway Authority is consulted and considers traffic movements and highway safety when assessing planning applications. 

The recommended lorry route map can be referenced in the County Council’s response to planning applications.

The review only considered HGV and lorry traffic under normal conditions. Large developments are required to produce a Construction Management Plan which sets out lorry routes to and from the site during construction. These plans are assessed independently of the review for the specific needs of the site and the impact on the local highway network.