Snow delays town improvements work

SNOW today delayed a start on the latest phase of a �2.8 million revamp for Felixstowe town centre to make it people-friendly and cut car congestion and danger.

Richard Cornwell

SNOW today delayed a start on the latest phase of a �2.8 million revamp for Felixstowe town centre to make it people-friendly and cut car congestion and danger.

Contractors were due to begin this morning on steep and winding Bent Hill, which is to be paved across its whole width as part of a “shared space” scheme for pedestrians and drivers.

However, a county council spokeswoman said due to the weather conditions the project had been put on ice for a few days.


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“We will review the situation later in the week and may start on Monday,” she said.

Bent Hill is to be made one-way uphill only for motorists - discouraging people from using the town centre as a through-route to the seafront.

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Cyclists following the National Cycle route will still be able to use the hill in both directions.

Steps will be built on the garden side of the road, and the junctions at either end of the street raised to the path level.

During the work, Bent Hill will be closed to through traffic but those living on the hill will still be able to reach their properties and deliveries to the shops will be allowed.

People will still be able to walk up and down the hill during the work to use the shops and get to the seafront.

The aim is to complete the work by April 30 in time for the start of the summer season.

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