East Suffolk: Huge load rumbles through A12
THESE incredible photographs show how a tight bend on the A12 can barely cope with the demands put upon it.
There was no room for any other traffic on the road at Farnham as a wind turbine was transported through the village on its way to a development at Kessingland.
The giant load came through the accident blackspot at 5.15pm on Monday, taking up the whole carriageway as it went.
It was a startling sight which villagers and campaigners claimed backed their calls for a bypass for the road.
The EADT is running a campaign, Bypass 4 The Villages, to end decades of misery and broken promises for traffic-choked communities living along the stretch of the A12.
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Villagers in Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham have long campaigned for a bypass for the four-mile stretch, saying their lives have been made intolerable by rising traffic and pollution levels.
They said Monday’s big move proved the road is just not suitable for heavy and wide loads – and with the prospect of Sizewell C looming, traffic levels and loads are set to rise.
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Peter Norris, who lives on the notorious Farnham bend, took the photographs from outside his home on Monday evening. The boatbuilder was driving home from work when he became stuck behind the wind turbine convoy.
“They had to stop at the bend at Glemham because they couldn’t get round it without stopping the other traffic. The police set up a cordon and let the waiting traffic through.
“I got home before it and grabbed my camera. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a load as long as that. It was incredible. The whole road had to be clear and the queues were tremendous.
“The point is that something needs to be done because we are going to get more and more heavy loads coming through. It really hammers it home.”
Villagers have been campaigning for a relief road for decades and a fully-agreed scheme was axed at the eleventh hour in 1996.
Suffolk County Council, which owns the road, supports the idea of a bypass but says it has little chance of securing funding – thought to be in excess of �50million – in the current economic climate.
However, campaigners believe they still have a chance of securing the road through energy giant EDF, which is intending to build a new power plant at Sizewell.
If it gets the go-ahead for the development, it will be asked to contribute to local transport schemes – and locals are keen to make sure the A12 bypass is given priority.
The EADT believes people living along the route have suffered long enough and a relief road needs to be built regardless. Nearly 700 people have added their backing to the campaign.
To show your support, fill in the campaign coupon or go to www.eadt.co.uk/bypass4thevillages