Suffolk: A14 repairs set to cut traffic noise in roadside villages

Traffic will be diverted through the Trimley villages when repairs are carried out to the A14.

Traffic will be diverted through the Trimley villages when repairs are carried out to the A14. - Credit: Archant

Resurfacing work on the A14 on the Felixstowe peninsula is to be brought forward by six years after pressure from community leaders.

Resurfacing work on the A14 on the Felixstowe peninsula is to be brought forward by six years after pressure from community leaders.

The deteriorating surface between Felixstowe and twin Trimley villages has led to a series of complaints from motorists fed up with the bumpy dual carriageway, and people living alongside, who say that the noise is horrendous.

Some short sections of the stretch have been repaired with noise-reduction materials and householders say the constant changes in noise levels from lorries and cars is very annoying.

Now work to coat the whole stretch from the dock spur roundabout to the Trimley interchange is set to be done next month.


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The downside will be traffic having to be redirected for six nights along the High Road through Walton, Trimley St Martin and Trimley St Mary.

Trimley St Mary parish and district councillor Graham Harding said: “This work to the A14 is really good news for the village.

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“Working with Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey, I represented the parish council at a meeting with the Highways Agency and explained to them how difficult this poor road surface is making life in the villages for many people.

“We then drove along the road so the agency could appreciate the problems for themselves.

“I have had many complaints about the road.

“Container lorries go along there at 3am and suddenly its down a bump and up again and the 40-ton container shifts and there is a huge bang and a crash and it wakes people up.

“It’s been a lot of work and we have been campaigning since 2006 to get this work brought forward. We are all very pleased that it will now happen.”

The work is scheduled to take place from Friday, September 6.

It will be done on the first night from 9pm until 6am on the Saturday, when lorry flows are less than other days, and then after that from 9pm-4am.

Westbound lanes – traffic heading towards Ipswich – will be affected by the work.

Diversions will take vehicles down Garrison Lane, along High Road West and High Road, then Howlett Way to rejoin the A14 at the Trimley interchange.

The noise-reduction surface should make a big difference to families living on the Farmlands estate next to the A14.

Separately, the Port of Felixstowe is providing £500,000 to cut noise from the road because of the increase in lorries due to its expansion.

People are being offered the opportunity of free triple-glazing to keep out the traffic din, or an acoustic barrier.

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