Drivers warned over one-way headache

MOTORISTS are being reminded not to travel the wrong way down a Woodbridge street - ahead of an enforcement campaign to tackle the problem.

Richard Cornwell

MOTORISTS are being reminded not to travel the wrong way down a Woodbridge street - ahead of an enforcement campaign to tackle the problem.

Angel Lane - described as being “like the Hovis ad” - became one-way at the beginning of April after a 30-year campaign by residents who wanted to cut traffic flows and stop accidents.

Householders had been frustrated for years because cars and lorries have been allowed both ways up and down the narrow road, with police frequently called to sort out disputes and help free stuck vehicles.

Many witnessed collisions, road rage and structural damage.

The county council brought in an experimental traffic order for six months to see if one-way restrictions would work.

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However to the annoyance of residents in the area, some motorists are still ignoring the no entry signs and continuing to travel down the lane the wrong way.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police have already taken action, sending letters to the owners of offending vehicles informing them that they have been seen contravening the order, but will now be looking to take enforcement action against those who ignore the signs.”

Vehicles breaching the order could face prosecution.

Under the order drivers are only allowed to travel uphill on Angel Lane.

Residents say the lane is Suffolk's equivalent to steep and picturesque Gold Hill in Shaftesbury in Dorset, where the sepia Hovis ad was filmed.

They have been delighted with the one-way order because it has been used by up to 1,800 cars, dumper trucks, vans, and lorries a day.

Those who benefit from the scheme include pedestrians walking in the road, elderly residents of Felbridge Court and Woodbridge School pupils.

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