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Traffic calming calls on polluted A131 in Sudbury as petition launched by action group

PUBLISHED: 16:48 14 March 2017

Cross Street in Sudbury is one of the most polluted streets in Suffolk. Picture: TUDOR MORGAN OWEN

Cross Street in Sudbury is one of the most polluted streets in Suffolk. Picture: TUDOR MORGAN OWEN

A campaign for traffic calming in Sudbury’s most polluted street has been launched.

Lorry at Brewers Cross Street, Sudbury.  A131. Picture: GREGG BROWNLorry at Brewers Cross Street, Sudbury. A131. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The A131 at Cross Street junction in Sudbury has long been one of the most polluted areas in East Anglia, with HGV lorries and a congested section of the road blamed for the high levels.

Theo Bird, chairman of Sandy Lane and Area Action Group (SLAAG), has launched a petition calling on Suffolk County Council to introduce a range of measures to help solve the problem, which has been rumbling on since 2012.

He said a 20mph zone, a speed camera and vehicle activated signs, as well as the county council moving the household waste and recycling centre, should all be considered.

“There is always talk about the bypass, and a lot of political capital is tied up in the idea of the bypass, but we have problems now, and in reality, even the most optimistic would not expect the bypass to be built for years – it could be a decade away,” he said.

He said politicians should not use the bypass as an excuse not to act now. “Reducing congestion and pollution in Cross Street and the whole of Sudbury should be seen as part of improving the town for the people that live here,” he said.

The petition comes at time when a much-delayed report on the western bypass project is due. The need for a bypass in Sudbury was identified more than ten years ago.

The county councillor for Sudbury north and south, John Sayers, said: “I fully support the need for calming measures on the A131.

“I hope that our town council will continue to liaise with the Halstead council, with a view to asking their respective highway and police authorities to assess this route and consider appropriate traffic calming measures, and robust signage.”

The issue of a bypass, and lorries cutting through the town, was recently highlighted when Nanook, on Station Road and Friars Street, was hit by a lorry for the third time in less than two years.

The owner of the property Ray Edwards said weight restrictions should be introduced, along with better signs and enforcement.

A spokesman for the county council said they await receipt of the petition, which they will consider after it has been delivered.

The petition can be found at you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/traffic-calm-the-a131-in-sudbury

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