New barriers will keep wildlife safe

STRANGE new black barriers which have appeared around one of Suffolk's busiest roundabouts could help safeguard wildlife.

STRANGE new black barriers which have appeared around one of Suffolk's busiest roundabouts could help safeguard wildlife.

The mystery of the low fences which have been put on the approaches to the dock spur roundabout at Felixstowe was today solved by highways officials.

They say the plastic barriers are to help experts track reptiles which might be living in the undergrowth on the verges of the A14.

Plans are being drawn up for a major project for the junction ready for when it has to cater for one million extra lorries each year when the Port of Felixstowe opens its latest expansion.

But before designs can be completed, the law says wildlife habitat must be studied and safeguarded, with any new scheme protecting species put at risk.

The port is to pay for the multi-million pound project at the dock spur.

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A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency said: “It is temporary reptile fencing which is being used to monitor the animals and their habitat.

“A study has to be carried out before any possible major work is done to the junction to assess wildlife habitat so this can then be taken into account.”

While the edges of the busy A14 may seem a strange place for wildlife to live, many birds, small mammals and lizards have adapted to live in the areas alongside major roads where the vegetation is undisturbed by the lack of human activity.

Proposals for the roundabout are not yet finalised but is seems likely a third lane will be put in place coming towards Felixstowe - allowing local traffic travelling into the town to be separated from the dock traffic to reach Candlet Road easier.

A third lane would also be built in the Ipswich direction allowing cars from the Port of Felixstowe Road heading west on the A14 to avoid slower moving lorries and avoid traffic coming from the seaside town.

Other work may also be needed in connection with 2,200 homes to be built in the town.

What would you like to see done at the dock spur roundabout? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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