Details of £150,000 Bury road improvement project revealed

PUBLISHED: 19:33 20 January 2020 | UPDATED: 12:53 16 February 2020

Angel Hill will be disrupted by roadworks for six weeks Picture: BEDFORDS bedfords.co.uk

Angel Hill will be disrupted by roadworks for six weeks Picture: BEDFORDS bedfords.co.uk

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Diversion details for a £150,000 six-week road improvement project in Bury St Edmunds town centre have been revealed.

View  over the Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds from the tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral Picture: ANDY ABBOTTView over the Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds from the tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Suffolk Highways plans to repair areas of blockwork and improve two existing crossing points on Angel Hill and Crown Street in the attractive Suffolk town.

Council crews will also upgrade and reprogramme the traffic lights on Northgate Street junction during the works.

The project is due to take place between February 17 and March 27.

The improvements will require Angel Hill and Crown Street to be closed in two phases, with the first from Honey Hill to Northgate Street.

During this phase, vehicles travelling from Crown Street will be provided access to Churchgate Street and Angel Hill.

While vehicles entering Angel Hill via Abbeygate Street may turn left and proceed via Northgate or Eastgate Street.

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Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times during the first phase.

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During the second phase, from Churchgate Street to The Athenaeum, vehicles travelling from Northgate or Eastgate Street can access Angel Hill.

Vehicles travelling from Crown Street can access Churchgate Street and again, pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

The county council says it has worked in collaboration with the town council, district council and businesses to agree suitable timeframes and ensure the works cause minimal disruption.

Andrew Reid, cabinet member for highways, transport and rural affairs, said: "I am delighted that the longstanding road surface issues on Angel Hill and Crown Street in Bury St. Edmunds are soon to be addressed by Suffolk Highways.

"A lot of planning and collaborative work has taken place to ensure disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum while this maintenance is carried out.

"While Suffolk Highways understand that there is never a good time to close roads as important as Angel Hill and Crown Street, we hope that both residents and visitors of Bury St Edmunds will appreciate and benefit from the improved road surface in the future".

In an attempt to alleviate parking issues for Zone D permit holders, West Suffolk Council has agreed to allow them to make use of Ram Meadow car park, free of charge.

Highways added that it is unable to provide an exact date on which the road closure setup will switch from phase one to phase two at the moment but stressed that both key stakeholders and residents of Angel Hill and Crown Street will be updated once works have commenced.

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