The plan to reduce air pollution on the A12 at Stratford St Andrew has been given government backing.
Suffolk Coastal District Council has received approval from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, following public consultation, for the final Stratford St. Andrew Air Quality Action Plan. The Action Plan has been put in place to help reduce nitrogen dioxide levels within the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) declared on the A12 at Long Row in Main Road, Stratford St Andrew.
Cllr Carol Poulter, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member for the Green Environment, said:
“It is great news that the government have approved our Air Quality Action Plan for Stratford St Andrew. We are committed to reducing air pollution and are working closely with both the County Council and the local community to achieve this.”
Studies undertaken by Suffolk Coastal suggested that southbound traffic accelerating just prior to the end of the 30 mph speed limit in Stratford St. Andrew was a large part of the problem. The main measure in our Action Plan is therefore to move the 30 mph speed limit sign further south of the village in an aim to reduce the overall speed in the area and any accelerating at Long Row itself, and we are pleased to confirm that this was completed in December 2017.
We are now monitoring the impact of the measure and are working closely with the County Council to determine if we need to take forward any other measures in the plan.