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Woods Lane road closure

Posted by Suffolk Coastal District Council on 5 January 2018 | Comments

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The second closure of Woods Lane in Melton starts from Monday 8 January and runs until Friday 13 April 2018.

Here is the latest statement from Bloor Homes on the closure:

STATEMENT ON ROAD CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AT WOODS LANE, MELTON

Phase 2 of the necessary closure of Woods Lane in Melton will be in effect from Monday 8th January 2018 until April 13th 2018.

This closure is part of the building process for Bloor Homes’ Longwood Fields development to connect various utilities, including the installation of a sewer within the carriageway itself,

In response to concerns raised by those directly affected by the road closure, Bloor Homes conducted a public consultation in December 2017 to consider a number of measures that might reduce the length of the closure. 

The results of the consultation saw 64% of those who responded in favour of extended working hours.  Bloor Homes has therefore taken the decision to extend the working hours during Phase 2 from 7.30am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 7.30am – 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Recognising that 29% of those who responded to the consultation did not want the extended hours which included night time working, this 24-hour option is no longer viable.

Whilst it is intended that extended working hours will enable to works to be completed earlier than April 13th, at this stage Bloor Homes is unable to confirm an alternative completion date. 

In addition to working closely with Suffolk County Council and the Highways Agency to ensure that the best solution possible is proposed, Bloor Homes is committed to ensuring that the necessary construction work is undertaken with disruption kept as minimal as is possible.

As with Phase One, in order to reduce HGV traffic in Woodbridge, there will be two diversion routes in place which have been agreed with Suffolk County Council and are deemed appropriate.

Bus routes have been agreed and are available at www.suffolkonboard.com. Whilst there was a shuttle bus in place for the Phase 1 closure, the decision has been made by First Bus Group not to continue this service for Phase 2.  This is because it was deemed unnecessary, due to the levels of congestion being less than had been anticipated.

Pedestrian and cycle access will be maintained at all times throughout the works. Emergency services have been consulted on the closure and are aware of the works being carried out.

Bloor Homes apologises for any noise or inconvenience caused during these works.