A140 bypass campaign speeds up

MOMENTUM is today gathering in support of a bypass for the notorious A140.An action group set up to pressurise for a bypass between Creeting Bottoms and Stonham Parva is preparing to up the ante at a meeting on Wednesday.

MOMENTUM is today gathering in support of a bypass for the notorious A140.

An action group set up to pressurise for a bypass between Creeting Bottoms and Stonham Parva is preparing to up the ante at a meeting on Wednesday.

The campaigners - backed by The Evening Star as part of our ongoing calls for improved safety on the A140 - launched their bid in April following the death of bread van driver Gary Oakley.

It also follows a series of fatal accidents on the ill-fated section of the road between the A14 and Scole, at the Suffolk-Norfolk border, where more than 40 people have been killed since 1990.


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More than 50 residents attended the campaigner's last meeting and this time they are inviting traffic police, Suffolk County Council's Road Safety Team and the Road Haulage Association for the experts' views.

Tony Fowler, chairman of the action group and Mid Suffolk district councillor for the Stonhams, said: "Lots of ideas were thrown up at the first meeting and now we are catching them all on the way down and working our way through them.

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"Talk among villagers is still very strong and supportive but this time we thought we should get different angles on the problem.

"We've heard a lot of what local people think and need to look at it from other directions.

"At the last meeting a number of suggestions were made about additional ways to make the road safer and we wanted to pursue them with the experts.

"We are also getting data together about the volume of traffic and how it has increased over the past ten years as we know we need figures to back up the campaign.

"We are hoping for new faces to come along to the meeting and would appreciate them sharing their views."

Wednesday's meeting is at Stonham Parva chapel community centre, on the A140, at 7.30pm.

What are your views on safety on the A140? Do you back the bid for a bypass? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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