Improvements at the Spread Eagle junction, Bury St Edmunds

These improvements will mean more efficient traffic movements through the junction and improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities.

Suffolk Highways will be carrying out improvements on the Spread Eagle junction, Bury St Edmunds. 

The junction improvements will involve:

  • traffic signals upgrades
  • new bus facilities - the bus stops along Out Westgate and Vinery Road will be moved into bays, making a safer area for commuters
  • pedestrian crossing installation
  • resurfacing

Spread Eagle junction

From 11 September 2017 Petticoat Lane will be closed for the duration of the scheme, please see information below.

Dates and timescales

The scheme will commence on 4 September 2017 and will continue until 24 February 2018. This will be completed in four phases as detailed below. 

To prepare the junction for these improvements and create a safe working area for our staff, it will be necessary for an over night road closure to be in place during for the first week as detailed in the first phase.

Please note: The times and dates of these improvement works may be subject to change due to unforeseen factors, such as bad weather, or the need to undertake some work at weekends to minimise significant traffic disruption and delay during the working week.

The junction improvements are running ahead of schedule. The overnight resurfacing and lining is scheduled to take place over five nights from January 22, a further five nights work will be required to install traffic light sensors. 

The closure of Petticoat Lane will be re-open from Friday 19 February, but it will be necessary for the closure to be in place throughout the above night works.

The junction will be open to traffic during the day, although temporary four-way traffic lights will remain in place through the day time.

The permanent traffic lights will be commissioned on 1 February. 

On Wednesday 25 October, the first of four phases was completed at the Spread Eagle junction. The first phase was completed on programme which has enabled the second phase to begin as planned on Thursday 26 October.

The improvements completed so far have been to the north of the junction, including Petticoat Lane.

  • The kerb lines have been renewed
  • Part of the footpaths along Petticoat Lane have been reconstructed
  • Footpath widening to provide better shared facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Street lighting, bus facilities, pedestrian crossings and traffic signals have been upgraded

The next phase has begun on the south side of the junction, including Vinery Road. The second phase is due to continue until 22 December 2017.

Petticoat Lane will remain closed and traffic will continue to be diverted via Out Westgate, A1302 Parkway, Risbygate Street, Out Risbygate, West Road and Hospital Road.

We are working to complete the works as quickly and as safely as possible. We are also continuing to work extended hours, including Saturday working. As soon as the improvements have progressed to a suitable level of completion and the closure is no longer required, Petticoat Lane will be reopened.

Thank you for your co-operation throughout these works. 

Phase 1 pre-construction overnight works

The central traffic islands on Out Westgate will be removed overnight during the first week of these works. A temporary road surface will also be put in place.

Phase 1

Location: North bound lane of the Spread Eagle junction, including Petticoat Lane

Start date: Monday 11 September 2017

Planned end date: Thursday 26 October 2017

Phase 2

Location: South bound lane of  the Spread Eagle junction, including Vinery Road

Start date: Thursday 26 October 2017

Planned end date: Friday 22 December 2017

The first and second phase will see new kerb lines installed and the footpath will be widened to provide better shared use facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. The existing street lighting, bus facilities, pedestrian crossings and traffic signals will be upgraded.

Phase 3

Location: Out Westgate (from Horsecroft Road to Maundy Close)

Start date: Monday 8 January 2018

Planned end date: Saturday 10 February 2018

The third phase will involve installing the new central islands.

Phase 4

Location: Out Westgate (from Horringer Road to Maundy Close) including the junctions with Petticoat Lane and Vinery Road.

Start date: Monday 12 February 2018

Planned end date: Saturday 24 February 2018

The junction will be closed overnight, for two weeks, to resurface the road.

To improve traffic flow on Out Westgate during these works and ensure the safety of our staff, Petticoat Lane will be closed for the full duration of the scheme from 11 September 2017. Access will be maintained for Petticoat Lane residents, as well as customers visiting the Spread Eagle pub and petrol station.

View the Petticoat Lane closure and diversion route (PDF, 2MB).

Suffolk Highways has planned these works to be delivered six days a week (Monday – Saturday) to reduce the length of time on site. The same team that delivered the works at the Parkway roundabout will deliver these works.

For the duration of the scheme, temporary traffic signals will be in place 24/7 to maintain the safety of our staff and the travelling public.

The signals will be manually controlled, including peak times from 7am to 7pm each working day. This is to alleviate delays and traffic queues. 

The works will be suspended from 22 December 2017 and will recommence on 4 January 2018. Temporary traffic lights will be operated manually during key Christmas shopping times to reduce waiting.

Please note that access for residents and customers of the Dove pub, the Spread Eagle pub and the petrol station will be maintained throughout. 

Pedestrian access will be available to properties and businesses in the area immediately around the works throughout. Staff on site will be able to answer any questions and help you safely get in or out of the area.  However, once the road closure is in place to complete the resurfacing works, 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. 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 signs saying “Businesses open as usual”.

Parking: Before the start time of the works, all parked vehicles must be removed from the road. 

Noise: We will use vehicles, heavy machinery and equipment that will create noise, but we will keep the noise down as much as 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.

Give your thoughts by completing our online feedback form. 


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