A14 safety scheme to go on show

MAJOR proposals for a £32million scheme to alter a stretch of the A14, known as an accident blackspot, will go on show next week.Plans for a new section of the road from Haughley New Street to Stowmarket are set to be displayed at two public exhibitions.

MAJOR proposals for a £32million scheme to alter a stretch of the A14, known as an accident blackspot, will go on show next week.

Plans for a new section of the road from Haughley New Street to Stowmarket are set to be displayed at two public exhibitions.

The exhibitions, in Haughley and Stowmarket, show how the proposed safety improvement scheme will realign the main carriageway, and provide a new two-level junction for safer access to the A14 from Haughley, Haughley Green and Harleston.

Roger Hawkins, project manager, said: “This scheme is much needed and will improve safety on the A14 and reduce accidents. Other features include safe crossing points for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, as well as extensive landscaping to reduce the environmental impact of the scheme.

“We are giving residents and other stakeholders the opportunity to view the plans for the scheme and to raise any issues or concerns they may have.”

If objections to the scheme are strong, a public inquiry may be held. Construction is due to start in 2007.

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The Haughley exhibition will be held next Thursday at the Ron Crascall Pavilion, King George's Fields, Green Lane, from noon to 8pm.

The Stowmarket event will be held next Saturday at the Ipswich Street United Reformed Church from 10am to 4pm.

Staff from the Highways Agency and its contractors will be available to answer questions.

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