Specific Issues and recommendations: Vision for Sudbury Junction Improvements
In keeping with the suggestions of WSP in the community forum in December 2018 various junctions need improvements.
These improvements should incorporate safe walking and cycling infrastructure from the outset.
The Steering Group notion of dealing with Active Travel safe infrastructure at a later stage will cost the taxpayer more and result in less than nominal solutions. Fivejunctions need looking at as recognised in the Sudbury Congestion Relief Road Project report in 2018
• Belle Vue Junction
• The Waitrose Great Eastern Street/Station Road junction
• The Northern Road/A134 roundabout.
• The junction of Melford Road, York Road, Girling Street and Gainsborough Road.
• The Melford Roundabout.
Any project addressing each junction has no to meet the new policy Gear Change (see https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uplo… 04146/gear-change-a-bold-vision-for-cycling-and-walking.pdf) which means incorporating safe cycling and walking provision to meet or exceed the new standards outlined in LTN/20.
“We will ensure that new local and strategic A road schemes include appropriate provision for cycling The new cycling budget is the largest sum ever committed to active travel in this country. But if we are serious about putting cycling at the heart of transport policy, we must further shift the balance between projects for motoring and projects for cycling. To receive Government funding for local highways investment where the main element is not cycling or walking improvements, there will be a presumption that all new schemes will deliver or improve cycling infrastructure to the new standards laid down, unless it can be shown that there is little or no need for cycling in particular road scheme. Highways England will deliver even more cycling infrastructure as part of RIS2 published in March 2020 through the new Users and Communities Fund32.”