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A12: Four village bypass campaigners raise fears with MPs

PUBLISHED: 12:51 24 March 2014

Leader of Suffolk County Council Mark Bee and Guy McGregor at the notorious Farnham bend.

Leader of Suffolk County Council Mark Bee and Guy McGregor at the notorious Farnham bend.

Campaigners for a bypass to ease congestion problems that have blighted villages along the A12 in Suffolk for decades, have raised their concerns to the county’s MPs.

The Four Villages Bypass Group, which is made up of councillors from the parishes of Little Glemham, Marlesford and Farnham with Stratford St Andrew, has made fresh calls for the project to become a condition of the approval of Sizewell C – a scheme which they say would put additional strain on the already burdened stretch of road.

In a letter to the MPs, which has also been sent to Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport, the group says: “Everyone agrees that the A12 badly needs upgrading if it is to play a role in the economic growth of Suffolk.

“The full four villages bypass has long been seen as a necessary part of the infrastructure improvement.”

The letter raises long-standing issues posed by large loads attempting to negotiate a sharp bend in Farnham, which regularly causes “considerable damage” to the houses there.

It also highlights the economic argument contained in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney district councils’ East Suffolk Growth Plan, which cites the current condition of the A12 as a hindrance to job creation.

The group calls upon the MPs to support the proposal and to ensure the one-off opportunities to secure funding from EDG – the developers of Sizewell C – are not missed to be later regretted.

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