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Leiston: Relief road could take away Sizewell C traffic

06:00 11 January 2014

What Sizewell B and C will look like.

What Sizewell B and C will look like.


A bold attempt is being made to create “a legacy for Leiston” by securing a relief road to take traffic going to and from the Sizewell C nuclear power plant away from the town.


County councillor Richard Smith is calling for one of the road routes rejected when Sizewell B was constructed to be put back on the agenda as part of consideration of the next power station.

He wants the D2 route built, which would provide a link road for traffic direct from the Sizewell site to the A12 in the north.

Mr Smith said: “I know the county council’s policy is for the four villages bypass, and those of us who drive frequently south on the A12 would like to see that, too.

“But I believe the D2 route which was considered at the time of Sizewell B but never built put back on the agenda.

“I think this route should be looked at again closely because it has almost been forgotten about.

“It could prove to be a real legacy for Leiston from the Sizewell C project if the power station eventually gets the go-ahead and is built.

“If we are going to get years of disruption then we must have something positive from it – it would be more beneficial to Leiston than the four villages bypass.

“I have spoken to the county council about this and I am pleased to say that money has been allocated for a desktop exercise to bring the 1990s study up to date.”

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council previously supported the D2 route that offered improvements to the B1119 and still believes the road link could bring big benefits and relieve traffic issues through the town.

In its response to the first stage of consultation on Sizewell C, it said: “The town council would like this to be considered as part of the options for highways improvements or else a full explanation from EDF Energy as to why this option is no longer applicable for consideration.

“Exploration of route D2 may also alleviate some of the problems with the B1122.”


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  • Don't hold your breath! We in Somerset have campaigned vigorously over the last 3 years for a by-pass of the Village of Cannington in the light of the proposed Hinkley Point C station and despite further endorsement by local authorities EDF have merely nodded and smiled at us. A by-pass was advocated by the "Barnes Enquiry" in 1989 when the original proposals for Hinkley C was originally placed, and that project was significantly smaller than what we are going to expect.

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