A140 campaign goes online
CAMPAIGNERS battling for safety improvements on Suffolk's notorious A140 have today taken their plight to millions of internet users.The A140 Action Group, leading calls for a bypass for the A140, has gone on line with a website.
CAMPAIGNERS battling for safety improvements on Suffolk's notorious A140 have today taken their plight to millions of internet users.
The A140 Action Group, leading calls for a bypass for the A140, has gone on line with a website.
The action group was set up earlier this year to lobby Suffolk County Council to bypass the stretch of road between Creeting Bottoms and Stonham Parva at a cost of £6million.
Its cause is supported by The Evening Star, which runs its own Make the A140 Safer Campaign.
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The new website includes details of past accidents, the story of the road so far, the group's mission statement, and a letter box.
The group hopes going on line will attract attention to their campaign.
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David Bramhall, who set up the site, said: "More pages for the website are being planned and prepared.
"It's proving very difficult to get information about previous bypass proposals. For instance, where the roads would have been, and why the proposals were shelved.
"It's great we have gone live though. Having a website is vital for attracting more attention."
The action group also wants to hear from people who live along the A140, or who regularly drive on it.
Mr Bramhall, of Stonham Aspal, said: "We would be particularly interested to hear from lorry drivers.
"Most of us are car drivers so it would be valuable to hear the HGV drivers' point of view - after all they do constitute a hefty proportion of the traffic on the A140 every day, about 15 per cent."
The A140 Action Group meeting is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, September 14, at Stonham Parva Baptist Chapel, on the A140.
Central Suffolk and north Ipswich MP Sir Michael Lord will be there along with Suffolk County Councillor Eddie Alcock, county road safety group manager David Chinery and Chief Inspector Alan Pawsey from the road policing section at Suffolk Constabulary.
Guy McGregor, responsible for road safety at the county council, the chairman of Stonham Parva, Earl Stonham, Stonham Aspal and Creeting St Mary parish councils have also been invited.
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