Permanent plans for a controversial one-way system through a Suffolk market town will be on display next month.

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A trial system has been running through Bungay since September and the town council is hoping it will be permanently approved in June.

Next month a design of the final plans will go on show, but the scheme has split the town and an opposition group is calling for it to be abandoned.

Bob Prior, of the Bungay traffic scheme opposition group, said the trial had been a “disaster”, with reports of cars crashing into bollards and cars driving the wrong way.

“It should be abandoned, that is the sensible way forward before they waste any more money,” he said. “It has been a waste of money that has damaged the town drastically.”

The group has campaigned against the plan since it was unveiled two years ago, with a protest march and petition.

Mr Prior said: “There are still a great groundswell of people absolutely against this system, who feel there are better and more effective ways to overcome the perceived problems.”

However, town mayor Terry Reeve said he felt the trial has gone very well.

“Traffic is flowing around very smoothly and I believe the concerns those against the scheme had, have really not materialised,” he said. “It has proved that a one way system along the road is perfectly possible and can work to benefit the whole of Bungay.”

He added that the current layout is only temporary and will be improved.

Project manager Andrew Pearce said: “Although there were some initial problems with the new layout we are hopeful that the new arrangement will be seen as an improvement overall, and gives us the opportunity to make changes in St Mary’s Street that will enhance the town centre environment for everyone.”

Suffolk County Council introduced the scheme as part of its Local Transport Plan. It had a trial budget of £100,000 and £350,000 for the scheme.

The end of February will mark six months for the trial and Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, will give a recommendation. This will then go before the council’s rights of way committee in June.

The exhibition of the final proposed design will be held at the Fisher Theatre, in Bungay. It will be held Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21 from 11am to 7pm, Friday, February 22 11am to 3pm, and Saturday, February 23 10am to 2pm.

20 comments

  • St.John's Road Lower Olland St. St.Mary's St. and Flixton Road Upper Olland St. are the designated south -north HGV routes laid down by Suffolk County Council, this will not be altered by the one-way system if it implemented. SCC intends to remove both pedestrian crossings on St. Mary's and to replace them with large traffic calming speed humps, like the ones in St. Stephen's Street, Norwich. Overall St.Mary's will probably be fairly similar to Halesworth High St. if the work goes ahead. Without the relief road that keeps the lorries out of their town centre, of course!

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    Shirley Russell

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • A flawed plan which has moved the traffic over to Trinity St, Wharton St and Staithe Road. Traffic flows at speed and residents in these roads suffer difficulties of vehicular access to their homes and it is not easy for pedestrians to cross. Such a huge increase in traffic is noisy and polluting. We need good signage, before Clay's roundabout to prevent HGVs entering Broad St and Trinity St. We are in danger of ruining the unique character of our town and deterring visitors.

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    Lesley W

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Hopefully everyone will go along to the Fisher and look at the plans for the final scheme. It's on for a few days, until 7pm on the Wednesday and Thursday so everyone should get a chance to see it.

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    Didy Ward

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • I personally think the one way system should be made permanent. I think the traffic has flowed much better since it was introduced and am very pleased that there do not appear to be any empty shops in the town at the moment making it a very pleasant place to come shopping. I would go so far as to say a couple of very new and exciting shops have opened in Bungay, since September. I think there need to be a few tweaks in creating more pedestrian crossings and enforcing a 20 mph speed limit. Hopefully if made permanent the overall look of the town will improve and the town will be made better for it.

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    D Franklyn-Bray

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Love the one way system. The traffic is flowing well.

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    Mike341a

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • The one way system has been a great improvement on the two way chaos which previously existed. I've started using the shops in St Mary's Street again as the traffic flow and parking spaces make it so much easier. I regularly frequent the takeaways after dark, and if drivers are unable to negotiate the bollards, then they really shouldn't be in possession of a driving licence due to their inadequate eyesight.

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    SideshowBob

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • "Town mayor Terry Reeve... added that the current layout is only temporary and will be improved." What scope is there for improvement? Bungay's hardly blessed with alternatives! One-way systems are a 1970s hangover and many of them have been scrapped. It says a lot that our councillors have just awoken to them. I hope that residents take note of the councillors who support this death blow to the town and hit them in the ballots.

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    Father Brian

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • First of all I would like to say how wonderful the new one way system is working, near the old Angel pub is so much safer with only vehicles coming on way where before vehicles always used to drive on the pavement and you would have to jump out of the way. People who drive can now park legally in St Mary's street and shop, market traders can park outside the Buttercross and set up their stalls and not block the road. Yes, Trinity St is busier now but still safe to cross the road. As for some of the comments about cars driving the wrong way, this is not the one way at fault as the signage is better so if you see a vehicle driving wrong way take a not of the number and tell the police as it sounds like dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention. Staithe Rd I think has not got worse or better as you still have parking on one side of the road which is causing the bottleneck, Staithe Rd, Wingfield St and Beccles Rd is busy where some parents double park, park on the pavements and also some parents use their cars to take the children to school only live a few minutes away so could walk to school. I can't wait to see what the designs will be like if the one way system goes ahead as the town is far much better.

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    Otterman

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I no longer use a certain convenience store in Bungay as I cannot easily get to it since the introduction of the one-way system. I also wonder how many people have hit the bollards which have been erected? They could have at least been edged with a reflective coating to make them visible at night. It obviously works but Bungay does seem a lot quieter these days.

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    wsseaman

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The problem never was what way the traffic was going, it was just the amount of HGV's. The new one way system has made local business struggle even more in these very tough times. I think in 5 years time there will be absolutely no shops left in this ever dying town. Why waste money on making it easier for HGV's to go through the town? Make them use the bypass and Flixton road as they should.

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    BigSean

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I work for a coach company, and frequently pick very young children up from St Edmunds School, one of my main concerns is that we have great difficulty in picking the children up, and they have to cross both St Mary's Street, and Priory Lane for us to collect them, and drop them off, if both the crossings are removed how on earth are the children going to cross the road safely. When we completed a risk assessment with the school, it was agreed that we would collect the children outside the paper shop, but most of the time, cars are parked in those bays, so we have to block the road, and receive abuse from many other road users!!!!!!!

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    Lorraine Reade

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I would like to remind the shoppers who praise the legal parking in St Mary's street that this was not on the plans for the permanent scheme due to the widening of the pavements, so if made permanent you will presumably not be able to park there. I would be interested in the speed analysis results too but these do not appear to be published yet.

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    Riley

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • I will admit to the fact that traffic moves more freely through St Mary's street, but, the problem is HGV's. They must be stopped from entering Bungay from both directions and not just from the north. The one way system however has inconvenienced the residents of Trinity Street and Wharton Street making them suffer more traffic pollution and noise and this should not be. They have a right to peace and quiet as we all are. I doubt if any town councillor lives in those roads or the one way would not have been considered. The HGV problem could be solved if we had a regular police officer on the beat to issue fixed penalty tickets to the HGV drivers. But that won't happen in a million years!

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    Wise owl

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Not only is the traffic flowing more smoothly, it is safer for the children walking from the Wharton St. area into town. Shoppers can legitimately stop in St. Mary's to use the shops there too, without causing hold ups. Also much easier to park in the Wharton St. car park, saving cars having to go up Wingfield St. and down Wharton St. And the ugly buildouts and chicanes will disappear if the one-way system becomes permanent, leaving a much improved streetscape for St. Mary's.

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    Didy Ward

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I think it has improved the traffic flow and don't think.it has caused more traffic on beccles road as most vehicles want to go through towards halesworth so will use Wharton street.........it used to be hell sometimes with jams in the town due to inconsiderate parking and people jot giving way.........it seems a lot less stressful and pedestrian friendle since the scheme has been in place . Not everyone is going to agree on what others say and there will always be a problem with such schemes but there has got to be a happy balance surely ?

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    flax

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • A truly stunning piece of town and country planning. My view is the traffic is flowing through our town much better. Well done to all those involved. Once the permanent landscaping is in place it will also look more in keeping with look and feel of our great town.

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    Mr Summers

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I am hoping that the one way system will become permanent. Since it's introduction the long queues of traffic in St. Mary's Street have long since gone. The traffic now moves freely through the town and crossing the road has become much easier for pedestrians. A 100 banner waving protesters is by no means representative of the 5000 or so residents of Bungay. Plus the arguments against the one way scheme really don't have any merit or clout! The one way system is the way ahead for Bungay and once it's all properly finished I am sure it will look quite aesthetically pleasing.

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    gaz

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Not only is the traffic flowing more smoothly, it is safer for the children walking from the Wharton St. area into town. Shoppers can legitimately stop in St. Mary's to use the shops there too, without causing hold ups. Also much easier to park in the Wharton St. car park, saving cars having to go up Wingfield St. and down Wharton St. And the ugly buildouts and chicanes will disappear if the one-way system becomes permanent, leaving a much improved streetscape for St. Mary's.

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    Didy Ward

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Traffic may move freely, but there is no consideration for pedestrians,especially in Trinity Street and Wharton Street. There are no crossings there and crossing the road is a nightmare.

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    Lesley W

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • A waste of money that has done nothing to address the real traffic problem in Bungay-HGVs

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    Shirley Russell

    Friday, February 1, 2013

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