Suffolk County Council is inviting people to have their say on proposals to build a bypass between Saxmundham and Wickham Market as part of Suffolk’s Energy Gateway (SEGWay).
The four-and-a-half mile single carriageway section of the A12 between Saxmundham (A1094) and Wickham Market (B1078), links two dual carriageway sections of highway. Tourism is a highly important sector for the economy in this area of Suffolk. There is limited rail access and so resorts and popular cultural events in the area depend largely on the A12, resulting in high traffic volumes during the summer months.
At the end of 2016, Suffolk County Council successfully secured funding from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Large Local Major Schemes Programme to further develop the business case for a scheme which aims to deliver improvements to this section of the A12. The final case for government funding will be submitted before the end of the year.
The proposed scheme aims to build a bypass for Farnham, Stratford St Andrew, Glemham and Marlesford to deliver the following:
The Council has developed the case for investment and is now sharing two possible route options with the public.
The options to be considered are as follows:
The new road would follow a relatively direct alignment, which reflects design standards for a 60mph single carriageway road.
The new road would follow a more curved alignment, suitable for 70mph dual carriageway roads.
Councillor Alexander Nicoll, Member with Special Responsibility for Highways Information, said:
“I am delighted to be able to share the two options we have developed to build a new bypass between Saxmundham and Wickham Market.
“As part of Suffolk’s Energy Gateway, this scheme aims to improve the road network and support economic growth in east Suffolk. This will enhance the quality of life for local people and future generations. Both proposed routes provide significant environmental and economic benefits, improving transport links, air quality and road safety.
“It is vital that we understand and appreciate people’s views concerning this scheme before we submit our final case to Government. I urge all locally to have their say on this consultation.”
The consultation starts today and will run for six weeks until Wednesday 25th October. Full details of the proposals can be viewed online.
Two exhibition sessions will be held at the Riverside Centre in Stratford St Andrew (6 Great Glemham Road, Stratford St Andrew, Saxmundham, IP17 1LL) on the following days:
Responses will be analysed following the consultation closure. The business case will then be refined and submitted to the Department for Transport. If approved, Suffolk County Council will embark on the planning process connected with the bypass in 2018.