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New fund could see A14 between Copdock interchange and Orwell Bridge resurfaced

06:40 28 September 2015

The A14 near the Orwell Bridge.

The A14 near the Orwell Bridge.

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A campaign to get a section of the A14 resurfaced to reduce the level of noise pollution to surrounding homes has been given a new glimpse of hope.

A meeting was held on Thursday between South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge, parish councillors and Highways England to discuss the stretch of concrete road between the Copdock interchange and the Orwell Bridge.

It is an issue that has long blighted the lives of residents living in Belstead, Copdock, Pinewood and south-west Ipswich, it has been claimed.

Mr Cartlidge said the meeting went “better than expected”, with the Highways representatives revealing that a new fund had been set up specifically for noise reduction on roads, with one of the methods used to remedy this being resurfacing.

Until now, Highway England’s policy has been that it can not undertake resurfacing purely for noise reduction reasons.

Mr Cartlidge said he would to write to Highways England’s chief executive and the transport minister to find out when the funds would be available and how he could apply.

“It’s a big undertaking, but when there’s a funding stream for something you need you have to take the opportunity and try and make a case for it, and I don’t think there can be too many better cases out there,” he added.

On top of this, Mr Cartlidge said the Highways representatives had also revealed that there was a “reasonable possibility” that this section of the A14 would be tested next year for road quality.

“If you put all these things together it makes the case stronger,” the MP added. “No one expected them to turn up and say that’s fine we will resurface that section of the A14. It’s a massive undertaking but there were some positives that we can take away. They haven’t shut the door in our face, in fact they have shown a chink of light that there might be progress.”

A Highways England spokeswoman said the organisation was investing millions of pounds over the next five years to maintain and improve the existing road network across the East of England.

“Our maintenance programme prioritises schemes on a yearly basis and next year’s programme hasn’t been finalised as yet,” she added. “However, pavement testing on the A14 in Suffolk could be included and we will keep road users informed when a decision has been made.”

The spokeswoman said Highways England would look into the issues discussed in more detail and continue to explore possible solutions.

The A14 was built in the early 1980s and there was a programme of smoothing out which started in Great Blakenham and was supposed to run to the Orwell Bridge, due to be competed by 2010. However, the 2008 recession stunted the plans and has left that part of the road concrete.

6 comments

  • Totally agree with freedomf - We the Great British Motorists have paid dearly for decades for some of the worst roads in Europe. Fit for purpose ? - NO. Have we been conned ? - YES.

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    Grey Fox

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • Predictable this would be a problem. The road was there long before most of the houses were built. People who are complaining should have taken the road noise into account before thy bought their houses. Simples.

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    John Alborough

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • ssshh!! Quiet or the powers that be will stick traffic lights up on the bridge

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    an idea

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • If there is to be resurfacing of this area please can the powers that be at Highways England coordinate the works to be in parallel with the proposed (I think it is still proposed) cameras and 60mph limit on the Orwell bridge. To have these two projects run separately with the associated delays in traffic for months on end would, after the previous A12 debacle, be wholly unacceptable, both to us motorists and I hope the paymasters at Highways England. Two projects to plan and integrate.. ..probably won’t happen for 18 months minimum

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    ChelmaCommuta

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • This money would be better spent on redesigning the Copdock interchange into a proper motorway-style intersection so that the massive queues that build up throughout the day could be handled more effciciently... thereby reducing pollution levels caused by thousands of vehicles trapped in traffic jams, and making journeys safer and quicker. To my mind, the attendant noise pollution is almost certainly a lesser evil ...

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    Mark G.

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • "New Fund" ?.....why on earth is a new fund required ?....the most heavily tax motorists in the world, with the highest fuel Tax, coupled with the High Vehicle Tax !....Maintenance and updating of our Road Infrastructure should be an on-going programme, not a special one off case to repair a Major Road !.

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    freedomf

    Monday, September 28, 2015

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