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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A new £2million pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A14 will connect two parts of Bury St Edmunds.
Plans for the 43-metre bridge to link Thingoe Hill and Northgate Avenue were approved by Suffolk County Council’s development control committee last week.
It will provide a safe and direct route for cyclists and pedestrians to cross over the A14 while creating a link between the town centre to the south and railway station to the residential and commercial areas in the north of the town.
The bridge, which will also allow people to avoid the busy Fornham Road, is being financed by both the county council and the Department for Transport.
Councillor David Nettleton, who has been campaigning for the bridge for 14 years, said: “I’m thrilled. That’s going to be a real benefit for everybody - pedestrians and cyclists.
“It’s a link and just joins up two parts of my ward. It’s really good and should have happened years ago.”
Councillor Mark Ereira, who also represents the Bury’s Tower division on the county council, is also in favour of the scheme.
The county council did receive some letters of objection, however, with concerns including an increase in late-night anti-social behaviour, loss of parking and construction noise at night.
It is proposed to close the middle section of the Malthouse Lane byway - which is used for parking by motorists - to traffic, which would require a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). But, if it was not secured, this would not stop the bridge scheme going ahead as pedestrians and cyclists would still be able to use Malthouse Lane.
Previously councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, has said: “We are hopeful that the introduction of a new bridge will make walking and cycling safer, more convenient and pleasurable and will encourage more people to leave their cars at home when making shorter journeys around the town.”
The works, which also include surfacing and lighting along Malthouse Lane, are estimated to take about six weeks, with works over and adjacent to the A14 taking place over five nights due to safety requirements.