A12 Martlesham speed limit changes – when to expect a final decision
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:44 05 July 2019
A final decision on controversial speed limit changes to the A12 near Martlesham will be made later this year, after discussions were pushed back for better proposals to come forward.
The decision on reducing the speed limit to 40mph and 50mph on the stretch of the A12 between the Foxhall Road and A1214 junctions was due to go to cabinet member Mary Evans next week.
But Mrs Evans confirmed that the plans were not in a state to be approved, and has tasked officers and developers with making changes.
It means the revised speed limit changes are unlikely to be back to the committee before the autumn.
She said: "I have asked officers to review Bell Lane junction urgently and also look at the other issues around the A12 and the Brightwell Lakes development.
"This will take time so I won't be making a decision on the traffic regulation order at my cabinet member briefing this month as the team are working on amendments."
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The proposals were to reduce the limit down to 40mph and 50mph as part of development of 2,000 homes nearby, as well as a large section of Foxhall Road being reduced to 50mph.
Traffic lights on those roundabouts are also expected as part of a package of safety measures.
But the council's committee vehemently rejected the plans because of the number of speed limit changes in a small distance, and fears that gridlock on the already-busy road would mean speed limits would not have any effect.
Nearby parish councils have called for speed limits to be consistent, while county councillor for Kesgrave and Rushmere Robert Whiting said it needed further safety changes at the Bell Lane junction with Foxhall Road.
Mr Whiting said he was pleased Mrs Evans had opted for the plans to go back to the drawing board.
"I am hoping for more than tweaks to this, in my opinion it was wholly unacceptable," he said.
"What I am pressing for is an urgent resolution on this, and what I am really asking for is a significant speed limit reduction in Foxhall Road, and material improvements at the bottom of Bell Lane and Foxhall Road, and as part of that to consider what needs to be done at the bottom of Dobbs Lane.
"It's going to take a while for officers to go away and rework all of that, but it's good news Mary is not taking the decision to enforce the officers' recommendation."
Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council have already been working with the Brightwell Lakes developers to put together plans for traffic lights at the Bell Lane/Foxhall Road junction - which will be funded by developer contributions - although a timescale on this has not been made clear.
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