Businesses along the B1113 are still open for business despite water works road closure

Stock image. The road closure along the B1113 has been lifted five weeks early, meaning motorists wi

Stock image. The road closure along the B1113 has been lifted five weeks early, meaning motorists will no longer see diversion signs. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Business owners in mid Suffolk have claimed road works scheduled to run until September will affect trade numbers over the summer months.

Until around 10 days ago, signage at the roundabout for Old Newton Road on the B1113 between Stowupland and Stowmarket was closed for water supply works, despite the work taking place around eight miles further up the road.

Companies along the road affected have seen passing trade fall and Phillip Jeffries, partner at car dealer Jeffries of Bacton, said a request was put in for a distance marker to be placed at the roundabout along with a sign letting motorists know businesses were still open and trading.

Fourteen businesses in Finbows Yard in Bacton, along with shops in Old Newton, have also been affected.

Mr Jeffries added that there were still problems at junctions along the road, which only have ‘road closed ahead’ signs along with the diversion.

Mr Jeffries, who is also a parish councillor, said in an ideal situation all signage would be removed bar one road closed sign at the Finningham crossroads with a diversion between the B1113 and the A140. However he was told that road is not a classified B-road for lorries, so it was not suitable.

He added: “In all consideration to them they have brought more signage.

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“We are in a different place to where we were 10 days ago but it’s still a difficult situation.”

He added that all the businesses were still open for trading.

A spokesman for Essex and Suffolk water, who are conducting the works, said: “The planned necessary replacement works in Bacton, Suffolk, will help to improve and secure the water supply network for all of our customers in the area.

“We have worked hard to provide appropriate signage for businesses in the village, but we do appreciate these types of works can cause disruption.

“Essex and Suffolk Water would like to thank residents and businesses in the area for their patience whilst these works are carried out by our engineers.”