Bury St Edmunds: Traffic lights on Westley Rail Bridge could be there for 18 months

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
9:00 AM

A well-used stretch of road faces having single-file traffic flow for up to 18 months due to major engineering works.

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The Westley Rail Bridge in Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds will be restricted to just one lane across the bridge, with the use of traffic lights, from Thursday.

It is the latest traffic measure to be implemented on the bridge since the county council completed a structural assessment on it in May.

he assessment identified ‘structural deficiencies’ on parts of the bridge, while further examination has revealed another area where the bridge could need strengthening.

The 7.5 tonne weight limit currently in place on the bridge will be lifted, but safety barriers will be installed.

There will be night closures on the road tonight before traffic lights come into effect from 6am tomorrow.

Suffolk County councillor Graham Newman said: “These works are needed to improve the safety of the bridge, and lifting the weight restriction will help ease traffic flow in the area.”

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  • Only the council could think a one way stretch of road and traffic lights could 'improve the traffic flow'. They are barking mad, and so are the idiots that vote them in! Given the amount of tax paid by local residents, businesses and the motorists that use the road a proper repair should have been done. I have sent an FOI to find out just how much they thought before deliberately and obviously maliciously screwing up the only uncongested route into the town. Glasswells, Asda, Aldi etc. should now just withhold ALL their tax until the road is fixed properly. And as for the EADT login system - why do you think you need my name, address etc before I can comment? Why do you think your waste of time system confirms anything? Stupid - just let people comment, it would be better, more democratic, simpler and you wouldn't be open to being sued the moment some hacker steals all the details you've taken!

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