December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 28, 2013
A bid to get new signs on the A14 directing drivers to a village has moved a step closer.
Members of Bacton Parish Council have met with Suffolk County Council’s Graham Newman and the MP for the area David Ruffley to discuss installing the signs.
Mr Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds, has claimed dozens of businesses in the village could be boosted if the community was signposted from the major route.
He said: “I have asked Graham Newman to go away to see what money is available for a lane closure which is needed to erect a sign. It requires one of the lanes on the A14 to be closed because of health and safety – that costs money.
“Highways charge quite a bit of money; they tell me in excess of £28,000 for making the sign and closing the lane.
“I thought this was completely and utterly ridiculous and badgered them to come up with a new figure.”
He said the Highways Agency had come back with a revised total for the work of about £10,000.
Campaigners have been trying to get the signs back since they were removed when the Haughley bends road improvement work took place.
Councillor Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads and transport, said he hoped the work would be completed before the end of the year.
He said: “We will be working very closely with the Highways Agency to ensure appropriate signage on the A14 for Bacton. As soon as we can agree a date with them for works to take place we then hope to follow this up with further signs on the smaller county roads.”
A Highways Agency spokeswoman said the decision for erecting signs was down to the county council.
No-one from the parish council was available to comment.