Final phase of roadworks in Bury St Edmunds to be completed this weekend

Work being carrid out in Tayfen Road earlier this year.

Work being carrid out in Tayfen Road earlier this year.

The final phase of roadworks to improve walking and cycling facilities around the Northgate roundabout in Bury St Edmunds, as part of a £2.75 million scheme across the town, is due to finish on Friday.

The end of the work will make way for resurfacing and line painting on Monday for four nights, which will complete the scheme.

During the week break between the completion of the work and the start of the resurfacing, barriers will be removed and a temporary pedestrian crossing will be in place.

The final phase included widening the footway along Out Northgate to provide a shared-space link with the constructed shared-space and toucan crossing on Tayfen Road.

The completion of the Northgate roundabout/Tayfen Road works marks the end of highway improvements across the town where a total of £2.75 million has been spent on sustainable transport schemes, which is aimed at supporting housing and job growth in the town.

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All of them have been jointly funded by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Suffolk County Council.

The funding has delivered three key scheme across Bury St Edmunds including the removal of two mini roundabouts, widen-ing footways to provide shared-space and installation of toucan crossing at Parkway/Cullum Rd/Westgate and Out Westgate junction; the widening of footpaths to provide shared-space and replacement of old traffic signals at Vinery Road/Horringer Road/Out Westgate/Petticoat Lane junction; and the installation of toucan crossing and widening of footways to provide shared-space at Tayfen Road/Out Northgate/Northgate/Compiegne Way junction.

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The work on all junctions has sought to improve walking and cycling facilities, linking up cycle routes between the town centre and outer quarters, such as the railway station, Western Way and West Suffolk Hospital.

The improvements will also enable more children to walk and cycle to school.

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said: “This is a significant investment that recognises the future demand on the road network in Bury St Edmunds so pedestrians and cyclists, users of public transport and of course motorists, can move around more safely.”

“In all the schemes we have delivered, we have worked to ensure they are of the highest standard. This means that during works we have replaced aging highways infrastructure and addressed maintenance issues such as damaged carriageway and drainage.

“Those on site have worked extremely hard to make the works as short as possible and I thank everyone for their patience while we have delivered these improvements.”

The highway improvement schemes have been delivered to support over 5,000 additional homes due to be delivered in Bury St Edmunds over the next 13 years.

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