Time is running out to provide feedback on a controversial new walking and cycling project in east Suffolk which has sparked concerns that pedestrians could be endangered.

Suffolk County Council is seeking views on the Active Travel Woodbridge scheme, but the consultation period is due to end on Tuesday, April 9.

The plans could see the creation of a 20mph zone in the south of the town and the town centre, while physical restrictions such as bollards could be used to close sections of roads in Bilney Road, Bullard's Lane, California and near the railway bridge on Sandy Lane.

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However, residents fear that that the safety of pedestrians - especially the older and less mobile - could be compromised by sharing paths with cyclists.

Previously, an opponent, who did not wish to be named, told this newspaper: "Shared pathways will only lead to injuries. Already the cycles ride in the town centre with no respect for pedestrians. The one-way system often ignored.

"I have personally witnessed cycles causing the elderly to dodge out of the way and collisions.

"I have myself almost been knocked over more than once and it isn’t easy for an elderly person to quickly change direction of walking without pain or injury."

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Engagement events have already been held at Woodbridge Community Hall and St Mary's House in the town's Market Hill, but an online survey is still open, which can be accessed at https://arcg.is/1vuqvz0 

Councillor Alexander Nicoll, the county council's deputy cabinet member for transport strategy, said: “These proposed interventions have been designed to make walking and cycling in Woodbridge safer and more inviting, to create better connections for communities between schools, shops and other local services and to manage congestion and improve air quality by contributing to a reduction in emissions.

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"Not only that, but evidence suggests that active travel schemes can provide very high value for money in terms of the health benefits from increased opportunities for physical activity.

“I would like to thank the residents, businesses and other local stakeholders who have shared their views with us so far.

"It is important that we hear from the broadest range of people possible and, if you haven’t already, there is still time to have your say before the consultation closes on April 9.”

A hard copy of the consultation can also be requested from atw@suffolk.gov.uk.