May 21 2013 Latest news:
By Anthony Carroll
Friday, March 1, 2013
Plans have been unveiled for the final phase of a long-awaited northern spine road for Lowestoft which will seek to reduce traffic on the busy A12 Yarmouth Road and A1117 Bentley Drive.
The plans drawn up by Suffolk County Council will go on public display in Lowestoft Library next week.
The new road will run as a single carriageway between the Millennium Way/Bentley Drive roundabout and the Corton Long Lane junction on the A12.
By seeking to take through traffic away from the town centre, it is hoped it will help reduce the number of accidents in the area and also mean fewer vehicles travel through Oulton.
Brian Hunter, Oulton Parish Council chairman, was pleased to see the spine road should help guide traffic away from the B1375 Gorleston Road-Oulton Street, and Bentley Drive.
“Although this is long overdue we welcome the news of the spine road,” he said.
“It will be great relief to the people living in Bentley Drive and to those living in Oulton, especially in Oulton Street. There is just too much traffic going down there and it will go a long way to help with that by assisting with the traffic flow.”
Motorists will be able to travel at 40mph on the new spine road – which is 10mph faster than on Yarmouth Road – and there will be a signalled junction where it meets the A12 at Corton Long Lane.
There are also plans for a junction onto Blundeston Road and an off-carriageway route for pedestrians and cyclists.
As the county council owns the land earmarked for the spine road, it will have to submit a planning application to itself for approval. It is hoped that work will start late next year and be finished by the summer of 2015. Once completed, it could also see the A12 re-routed away from the town centre.
In a statement about the design of the spine road, the county council said: “Its main benefit will be to remove a significant volume of traffic from Bentley Drive – a road which carried a flow of traffic it was not designed for.
“This will make it easier for pedestrians to cross Bentley Drive and residents to turn into and out of estate roads.
“The number of road traffic collisions on Bentley Drive and its roundabout with the A12 are expected to be reduced with lower traffic flow.
“The new road will also help make possible the re-routing of the A12 away from the centre of Lowestoft.”
The plans for the final phase of the northern spine road will go on show in Lowestoft Library at a public exhibition next week, with officials on hand to answer any questions.
It runs on Thursday from 2pm to 7pm, next Friday from 9am to 1pm, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10.
The design work for the new road also involved Chelmsford-based Aecom and the Landscape Partnership.