A14 inquiry set to begin

A PUBLIC inquiry is due to get under way next week into a proposed £32million scheme to make the A14 near Stowmarket safer.Planned road improvements between Haughley and Stowmarket, which could start next year, will create a new route to eliminate the bends where there have been many serious accidents.

A PUBLIC inquiry is due to get under way next week into a proposed £32million scheme to make the A14 near Stowmarket safer.

Planned road improvements between Haughley and Stowmarket, which could start next year, will create a new route to eliminate the bends where there have been many serious accidents.

However since draft orders for the scheme were published in March there have been a series of complaints from objectors with a number of alternatives to the planned route being suggested.

The inquiry will run from Tuesday until November 17 at Cedars Hotel, in Needham Road, Stowmarket.

There were 13 serious accidents at the A14 near Haughley between 1999 and 2002.

However the stretch, which has a 50mph speed limit, experienced no serious accidents in 2003 or 2004 after speed cameras were introduced on each carriageway.

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The Highways Agency is seeking to make this road safer, by straightening the road and minimising the number of junctions.

It says the proposed straightened route with fewer junctions will help reduce congestion on the section of road.

If the inquiry is not completed by the end of the week it will resume at The Ron Crascall Pavilion, King George's Fields, Green Lane, Haughley, at 10am on November 21.

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