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HGVs weaving around Sudbury’s medieval streets ‘doesn’t work’

PUBLISHED: 18:33 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 19:15 23 March 2017

A lorry stuck in Friars Street, Sudbury, in a previous incident when repairs were ongoing on the road. Picture: RON SMITH

A lorry stuck in Friars Street, Sudbury, in a previous incident when repairs were ongoing on the road. Picture: RON SMITH

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The ongoing problem of HGVs and speeding cars on Sudbury’s roads has been highlighted again a week after plans for a £40m relief road were revealed

Damage along the corner of Church St with Friars St in Sudbury, close to St Gregory's School. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDDamage along the corner of Church St with Friars St in Sudbury, close to St Gregory's School. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Damage to railings and a bollard near St Gregory’s School have been highlighted as part of the continual problem with traffic causing damage along Friars Street.

The EADT has been sent pictures showing some of the damage caused in the past few months on the corner of Friars Street and Church Street, close to the school.

School governor Lesley Ford-Platt described the ongoing problem as a major issue for Sudbury.

“We’ve long needed a relief road and the kind of traffic going either side of St Gregory’s School is totally unsupportable in a town like ours,” she said.

Damage along the corner of Church St with Friars St in Sudbury, close to St Gregory's School. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDDamage along the corner of Church St with Friars St in Sudbury, close to St Gregory's School. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

“Having these big lorries weaving their way around a medieval street pattern doesn’t work. We definitely do need a relief road.”

The reader who sent in the photos of the damage, who did not wish to be named, said a bollard had been bent over backwards into the pavement by an HGV which did not stop.

“[It was] just one of many HGVs that attempt to come south down Friars Street from Market Hill or turning left off Station Road,” he said. “HGVs going north, which does not happen anywhere near as frequently, have also caused damage.”

He also cited speeding cars as another problem.

Damage along the corner of Church St with Friars St in Sudbury, close to St Gregory's School. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDDamage along the corner of Church St with Friars St in Sudbury, close to St Gregory's School. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

One of the photos showed a metal safety barrier severely bent near the school, which he said happened after it was hit by a Mercedes Coupe in November.

“HGVs have also become more and more frequent going south down Friars Street, contributing to damage in several parts of Friars Street and Station Road,” he said, “as well as to vehicles at the bottom of Church Street, which at the weekend are parked either side making it very tight if not impossible for a HGV to get through unless residents move vehicles, causing traffic to back up.”

Recently, the EADT reported on further damage to a section of building on the corner of Friars Street and Station Road, which includes Nanook and restaurant Thai Pavilion.

A business case released last week for the long-awaited relief road concluded the benefits would far outweigh the costs.

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  • A relief road is years away so in the mean time stop all parking in Cross Street and the Church Side of Church Street . There are waiting restrictions in Church Street (close to Cross Street) and they are ignored 24-7 causing hold ups and near misses. I would personally prefer to see Cross Street and Friars Street returned to one way streets but I know that will not please everyone.

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