New study into lorry problems

HERITAGE bosses are backing campaigners in their calls for a detailed study on how large lorries travelling on a stretch of busy road impact on surrounding Suffolk villages.

HERITAGE bosses are backing campaigners in their calls for a detailed study on how large lorries travelling on a stretch of busy road impact on surrounding Suffolk villages.

Save Our Rural Roads (SORR) want the county council to start a traffic analysis looking at how heavy goods vehicles travelling on the B1078 north of Ipswich affect those living in the countryside.

Now Richard Ward, director of Suffolk Preservation Society (SPS), has written to Guy McGregor, council portfolio holder for roads and transport, in support of the request.

Mr Ward said: “It is imperative this study is carried out as soon as possible. We have been concerned for some time about the adverse effect of the lorries - both on the environment and on the many people who live alongside the B1078.


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“We want to play a positive part in this review, the results of which could feed into future policies regarding the use of rural roads by HGVs.”

SORR member David Hudson, who lives beside the B1078 at Coddenham, said his village was affected by an average of 93 HGVs driving through it every day.

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“If an HGV meets a bus on the school run, the bus has to reverse,” he said.

“Meanwhile, everybody is pulling up behind and they have to reverse back into a wider part of the road or into people's driveways.”

Mr McGregor said the county council had already started to improve its lorry management plan.

“We are refreshing this at the present moment and will be making an announcement in a matter of days,” he said.

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