About hundred people marched through Bungay this morning to protest about a controversial trial one-way system set up in the Suffolk town.

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People of all ages gathered at the Buttercross in the town centre at 11am and then set off on the protest march, which saw people waving placards and singing against the pilot one-way system, that started on Sunday, September 9.

This morning’s march was staged by anti-one way campaigners as they say the £100,000 scheme set up by Suffolk County Council and Bungay Town Council is impacting on shops’s trade, pedestrian crossings are being turned off, there is poor signage and inadequate loading space and a danger for cyclists.

Craig Trickett, who runs two local butchers, had helped organise the protest march.

Mr Trickett said: “It is putting off people coming to the town. It is going to kill the town. We are talking about people’s livelihoods here.

Dave O’Neill led off the march and orchestrated the “One way, No way” chants.

He said: “It is a waste of Suffolk taxpayers’s money. Some shops said they have seen a 20pc drop in trade in the last week.

“We hope this march sends a strong message to both councils that the people of Bungay do not want such a one-way system for the town.”

The one-way system, which sends traffic south along Trinity Street and north along St Mary’s Street, has been brought in as part of the county county council’s local transport plan.

A decision will be made on its future in between six and 18 months.

12 comments

  • Well said, SideshowBob, I totally agree!

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    GlenD50

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • 100 people represents about 2% of the towns population! Why not give it a chance its only been 2 weeks, interesting to see that a lot of the people on the march are those whose only concern is property prices!

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    stevew

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • "it's just a few people that seem against any sort of change!" gaz, you've hit the nail right on the head there. It's not just in Bungay, but is an attitude which is rife in villages and market towns throughout Suffolk and Norfolk. By the way, looking at that photo gallery, wouldI just like to congratulate the protesters for marching in the correct direction along the one way system.

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    SideshowBob

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • there soon see lorries hitting houses and walls in trinity street what a bad plan they have got to think again just stop parkingi buy the shops witch they will do in trinity street enyway

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    john taylor

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Just to point out that the funding for the trial is from the Suffolk Highways budget. It cannot be passed to any other body (eg the Police to fund traffic wardens) and if not spent in Bungay would be spent in another Suffolk town. So Bungay might as well have a decent traffic system in place and this fits the bill just nicely!

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    gaz

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • The £100,000 mentioned in this article is for the trial. Full implementation will cost a further £400,000.

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    Shirley Russell

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • I drove through the one way system this morning. It's a pleasure compared to the chaos which the two way system used to be in St Mary's Street, dodging parked cars, with traffic flow virtually non existent. I actually use the shops there now. I'd never have dreamed about parking outside the shops with the two way scheme in force. If anything puts people off of parking and shopping in an area, it's major road congestion which St Marys Street used to see every day. I really can't believe that 20% drop in trade claim at all, as a result of the one way scheme. I reckon all those businesses will still be trading just as effectively at the end of the six months trial, and if not it will be due to other economic pressures rather than the one way system.

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    SideshowBob

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Well said, SideshowBob, I totally agree!

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    GlenD50

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Another consequence of the one-way system that I have noticed only today is that since traffic has effectively been slowed down by having to use the one-way - particularly in the southbound direction - drivers now appear to be more courteous to pedestrians waiting to cross the road where there is no obvious safe crossing point!

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    GlenD50

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • This whole debacle has been handled so appallingly by both Bungay Town Council and Suffolk County Council. It is high time the work should be halted and a proper level headed consultation take place. I wonder how many people on Sunday were truly bothered about property prices? The main concern is wasting tax payers money on a scheme that has not been tho roughly addressed.

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    Keith Kerrison

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I agree with everything that sideshowbob has said. There are now no longer any queues coming along St. Mary's Street, so all those hold ups are now a thing of the past. I'm afraid that 100 people turning up for a March certainly doesn't constitute a large percentage of Bungay residents, it's just a few people that seem against any sort of change! If anything, more people will now come into the town and not be put off by the endless queues that used to hold up the traffic. I hope the one-way system is made permanent when the trial ends around March next year.

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    gaz

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • I both live and work in Bungay. My walk to and from walk has been made much safer since the one-way has been implemented, so from a personal point-of-view I hope it continues! The only problem I have experienced is with drivers continuing to ignore newly installed double yellow lines - in Trinity Street and Wharton Street in particular!

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    GlenD50

    Monday, September 24, 2012

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