Improvement works to Tayfen Road and Compiegne Way roundabout, Bury St Edmunds

These improvements will increase vehicle capacity, efficient traffic movements around the roundabout and improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities.

The improvements will include: 

  • Extending the two lane approach along Compiegne Way to the Northgate roundabout
  • Widening and reconstructing the shared foot and cycle path
  • The scheme will also result in upgraded street lighting and a new toucan crossing

Work will start on Monday 22 January 2018, for 16 weeks 





Start date: Monday 22 January 2018

Planned end date: Saturday 24 February 2018

Duration: 5 weeks

The first phase of the improvements will involve installing the toucan crossing at the junction with the roundabout and Tayfen Road. The shared footpath/cycle path will be widened and reconstructed and whilst the road closure is in place, part of Tayfen Road will be resurfaced.   

Traffic management

Tayfen Road will be closed for the first four weeks of phase 1. Temporary traffic signals will be operating to support the traffic flow for the duration of this closure.

Diversion route:

Tayfen Road, Station Hill, Fornham Road and vice versa.

The outer lane of the Northgate roundabout will be closed for the full duration of the junction improvements. 

Update: 16 February 2018

To complete additional footway reconstruction works along Tayfen Road, it will be necessary for the road closure to be extended until Friday 23 February 2018. If possible, the road closure will be removed earlier. 

The overnight resurfacing due to take place during phase 1 will now be completed at the end of the junction improvements. 

Start date: Monday 26 February 2018

Planned end date: Saturday 7 April 2018

Duration: 6 weeks

The shared footpath and cycle path will be widened and reconstructed along the Tayfen Road side of Out Northgate.

Traffic management and restricted parking

For the duration of the second phase, the lane in the direction away from the roundabout will be closed along with the outer lane of the roundabout remaining closed.

Parking along Out Northgate will be suspended for the duration of phase 2.  


Tayfen Road, Station Hill

Start date: Monday 9 April 2018

Planned end date: Saturday 12 May 2018

Duration: 5 weeks

Compiegne Way will be widened throughout the third phase. This will enable the extension of the two lane approach to the Northgate roundabout. The new road lay out will result in two in-bound lanes and 1 out-bound lane.

Traffic management

A contra-flow system will be in operation to control traffic flow along Compiegne Way, this will be in place for the duration of the last phase. On completion of phase 3, the outer lane closure will be removed.  

Part of Northgate Street and Compiegne Way will be closed overnight to complete resurfacing. The dates and extent of the resurfacing will be confirmed and detailed closer to the time. 

Suffolk Highways has planned these works to be delivered six days a week (Monday – Saturday) to reduce the length of time on site. 

Pedestrian access will be available to properties and businesses in the area immediately around each phase of the works. Staff on site will be able to answer any questions and help you safely get in or out of the area. Once any road closure is in place, vehicular access to your property may be temporarily unavailable for periods of 15-20 minutes, for example, if we are digging up the road outside your property or laying a new surface. We will work to ensure this is kept to a minimum. Through traffic will be required to follow the signed diversion.

 Businesses:  We understand that businesses need to know that customers can still visit so, where appropriate, we will display “Businesses open as usual” signs.

 Noise: We will use vehicles, heavy machinery and equipment that will create noise; however we will keep the noise to a minimum where possible.

 Other services have been notified of these works including emergency services, local bus operators and St Edmundsbury Borough Council for bin collections.

Contact us and give feedback

If you have any questions during the works, please speak to staff on site. Alternatively, you can contact us by:

  • web chat by selecting 'chat with us' in the right hand corner
  • phone 0345 606 6171

We would also be grateful for feedback on how the works were carried out and what you think of the result to help us improve our service.

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