Woodbridge street gets new restriction

NEW traffic restrictions will come into force next month on a Woodbridge street described as being “like the Hovis ad”.Residents of historic Angel Lane have battled for 30 years for it to be made one-way to cut traffic flows and stop accidents.

NEW traffic restrictions will come into force next month on a Woodbridge street described as being “like the Hovis ad”.

Residents of historic Angel Lane have battled for 30 years for it to be made one-way to cut traffic flows and stop accidents.

Householders have been frustrated because cars and lorries have been allowed both ways up and down the narrow road - with police frequently called to sort out disputes and angry stand-offs between motorists, and help free stuck vehicles.

Many have witnessed collisions, road rage and structural damage.


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The Angel Lane Residents' Group was told last autumn that an experimental traffic scheme would be tried for six months.

Suffolk County Council said today the road would be made one-way uphill only - towards Market Hill - from April 3.

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“The order will operate as an experiment for a maximum period of 18 months,” said head of legal services Alan Gillespie.

“The county council will monitor the experiment and will consider in due course whether the order should continue in force.

“During the six month period commencing immediately after the order comes into effect, any person may object to the order becoming permanent.”

Full details of the traffic order can be inspected at Woodbridge Library.

Residents say Angel 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 news that it will be one-way because it has been used by up to 1,800 cars, dumper trucks, vans, and lorries a day.

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

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