Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sudbury: Cost of ‘useless’ speed hump rises to £90k

06:00 20 May 2014

The traffic hump in Sudbury town centre.

The traffic hump in Sudbury town centre.

Archant

County highways chiefs have apologised for failing to reveal the true cost of a £90,000 road hump which has been branded “useless” by people in a west Suffolk town.

The traffic hump in Sudbury town centre.The traffic hump in Sudbury town centre.

The local authority initially said £65,000 had been spent on the platform crossing in Sudbury, which was installed as part of a £450,000 traffic improvement scheme.

But figures just released under a Freedom of Information request show that a total of £88,687 was invested in the traffic calming measure in King Street, including £6,234 for staff costs and £82,453 on construction.

The data also revealed that £127,130 of the £450,000 set aside to help ease the town’s traffic woes has now gone, leaving less than £323,000 in the pot.

The initial figures were presented to Sudbury Steering Group last month after a series of public consultations in the town.

Last night, a spokesman for Suffolk County Council said the increased costs were incurred by carrying out work on the platform at night to avoid upheaval to the town centre, but he admitted the Steering Group should have been given the higher figures.

Peter Gray, deputy chair of Sudbury Town Council’s highways committee, said he was “amazed” that what is “essentially a mound of concrete” could have been so expensive to build.

He said: “The town council originally argued against it but the county was insistent about having it installed and imposed it on us.

“Since then, we have taken a lot of flack because people can’t see that the hump has had any benefit and they wrongly think it was a town council initiative.

“It’s not officially a speed hump or a crossing – I think at best it gives drivers a subconscious clue that they have to be cautious. But no-one can possibly say it is worth £89,000, or that it is good value for money.”

The county council spokesman said it cost more than originally anticipated for additional traffic management arrangements to ease the effect of the works on road users and town centre trade.

He added: “This change meant some work was carried out at night, which naturally costs more. There were other minor changes to the scheme that added to the final costs.

“These measures weren’t part of the original budget but we incurred them in direct response to local concerns, including those of Sudbury Town Council, which were aired at the time.

“An officer error meant that this wasn’t reported to the Sudbury Steering Group last month, which it should have been. We apologise for this.”

A winning lottery ticket was bought in Colchester but the prize is yet to be claimed

The search is on for a mystery lottery ticket holder sitting on an unclaimed fortune somewhere in Colchester.

Some of the drugs were stolen from Ipswich Hospital

Health workers have been caught stealing controlled drugs from some of the region’s hospitals, it can be revealed.

Belchamp St Paul, where the bungalow caught fire

A 96-year-old woman rescued by firefighters from her burning home in Belchamp St Paul has died in hospital.

The air guitar competition at South Street Studios in Ipswich

Aspiring rock-gods and up-and-coming shredders have pitted their axe-wielding skills to the test in a competition to find Ipswich’s top air guitar hero.

Clockwise from top left: Colin Deferia, Simon Webber, Frank Warren, Paul Baker and Andrew Seaton

Five men have been jailed for a total of 112 years for conspiring to murder a man in Bury St Edmunds who was left for dead after being shot with a sawn-off shotgun.

Josh Emmanuel on the ball during the Manchester United v Ipswich Town (Capital One Cup) match at Old Trafford, Manchester, Lancashire, UK on 23 September 2015.      

Picture: Steve Waller       

www.stephenwaller.com

Now 10 games into the season and Ipswich Town sit 13th in the table. Is that going to be the club’s level for the rest of the season?

Simon Dobbin with his wife Nicole.

Thirteen men charged in connection with an incident that left Mildenhall man Simon Dobbin with life-changing injuries have all pleaded not guilty.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24