Yoxford: B1122 Action Group host meeting on Sizewell transport route concerns

People living in Yoxford raised concerns about the transport route with their MP Therese Coffey when

People living in Yoxford raised concerns about the transport route with their MP Therese Coffey when she visited the village recently - Credit: Archant

A meeting is being organised in an east Suffolk village as a “wake up call” to warn people living there about the perceived problems of using a nearby road to service the construction of a nuclear power plant.

The B1122 Action Group is hosting the meeting from 7pm tomorrow at Yoxford Village Hall to encourage people to raise objections with EDF Energy about its plans to use the road for Sizewell C construction traffic.

Group chairman Roy Dowding said “This is a wake up call to the fact that people really need to start voicing their opinions that the B1122 must not be used as the route from traffic to Sizewell and they must respond to the second stage of the consultation, which is coming any day now from EDF. The point is this will probably be the public’s last chance to really get their views known and so it’s down to us, just a few individuals, to get the message out as widely as possible about what it will mean.”

Mr Dowding claims the B1122 is unsuitable for the volume of traffic involved in construction, which he says will be three times greater than that seen during Sizewell B.

EDF’s proposals to build a roundabout connecting the B1122 with the A12 north of Yoxford, Mr Dowding says, would cause major disruption in the village. “Yoxford would be gridlocked like it is during Latitude but every day for eight to 10 years,” he said.

The group is calling for a relief road to be built, leaving the A12 south of Saxmundham.

EDF previously said it was aware of the B1122 concerns and would consider these issues when it releases more detailed proposals in the next stage of its consultation.