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Sudbury: Transport hub could be created at train station

PUBLISHED: 06:00 19 April 2014

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A scheme that would see the creation of a ‘transport hub’ to help free up Sudbury’s over-crowded one-way system is being considered by the county council.

Highways chiefs are currently formulating a report based on feedback from a public consultation on the town’s transport system as part of Suffolk’s local transport plan (LTP3).

Sudbury’s bus station – which has been described as ‘rundown’ and ‘an eyesore’ – is situated in the middle of an area that has been earmarked for regeneration.

One radical solution being contemplated is to move the bus station to an area close to the train station and create a transport hub.

Business owner David Holland, who put forward the suggestion, said: “If this town is going to work properly, we need to get rid of the bus station from where it is.

“If they shifted the bus station and relocated it next to the railway, they could create a transport hub and cut an exit across to Cornard Road that would avoid the congestion on the one-way system.

“The current lorry park near the Kingfisher Leisure Centre could be moved up to the industrial area on the edge of town - thus cutting down on the number of HGVs - and the long stay parking moved into the former lorry park.

“That would free up the Hamilton Road quarter and we could get two national sized retail units in there with a cinema. Borehamgate precinct could then be rejuvenated into an area with cafes and restaurants that would boost the night time economy.”

The county council is due to present its report to Sudbury Steering Group later this month. Group vice chair Simon Barrett confirmed that the idea of a transport hub was one that the county was considering.

He added: “A transport hub at the town’s train station all linked in with the development of Belle Vue junction and Hamilton Road is something we definitely need to look at.”

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