Blackspot safety bid on Suffolk road

TRAFFIC bosses are considering a £15,000 project to dramatically improve the safety of one of Suffolk's accident blackspots.

TRAFFIC bosses are considering a £15,000 project to dramatically improve the safety of one of Suffolk's accident blackspots.

Specialist high friction road surfacing is being considered as the preferred option to reduce accidents on the A1071 between Ipswich and Sudbury.

Another possibility is to straighten the hazardous bends near Hadleigh, but that would cost substantially more and is consequently being viewed as a last resort.

It is part of a wider plan by Suffolk County Council to review 13 accident black spots around the county.


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A final decision on the type of safety measures to be installed is expected in the next few weeks and it is believed the council could soon press ahead with plans to cover the dangerous stretch of the A1071 at the junction with the B1070 at Hadleigh with a special Shell grip surface, which will reduce a vehicle's ability to lose control on the road.

According to council figures six people have been left injured as a result of crashes on the stretch of the Hadleigh bypass in the last three-and-a-half years, with two requiring extensive hospital treatment.

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A spokesman said: “We are responding to real conditions and events on the road.These road improvements could save lives or prevent injuries and damage.

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