Parking spaces in Bury St Edmunds becoming available as town’s Christmas Fayre causes traffic congestion

Motorists queue to get into the Arc car park in Bury St Edmunds this morning. Picture: MICHAEL STEWA

Motorists queue to get into the Arc car park in Bury St Edmunds this morning. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARD - Credit: Archant

Traffic delays are being reported around Bury St Edmunds on the first full day of the town’s popular Christmas fayre.

Delays were reported on the A143 westbound between Fornham Road and A1302 Tayfen Road this morning, while further delays were reported on Compiegne Way westbound between the A143 and A14.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council said that all long stay car parks in the town were full by 10.15am but spaces are now becoming available.

The council tweeted this afternoon: “Spaces are now becoming available on Cattle Market, Parkway surface,Parkway multi-storey and St Andrews. Ram Meadow still full.

The authority later warned visitors via Twitter to plan ahead if they were coming to the fayre.

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It said: “Park and ride has spaces but expect parking to become busy again later in the afternoon and evening. #XmasFayreBSE is popular as ever so please plan your journey if you are coming in tonight or tomorrow.”

The council is encouraging people to use the park and ride at Saxham Business Park, which is just off the A14, and stressed that additional parking is available over the weekend.

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A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “We know that the Christmas Fayre is very popular and appreciate everyone’s patience getting around the town, finding a car parking space, as well as queuing at our park and ride site.

“We will have additional parking sites available over the weekend including our staff car park in Olding Road which is free, at West Suffolk College, at Greene King in Cullum Road, Priory School in Mount Road and The Dragonfly Hotel in Symonds Road.

“Full details for these can be found at

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