Campaigners raise concerns on Bungay one-way plans

THERE were tailbacks in Bungay as two lorries struggled to pass each other in the town's narrow streets this week.

And campaigners against the potential one-way system say this will be a common sight if the much debated one-way system is given the go ahead.

However, Town Mayor Terry Reeve responded to further criticisms of the scheme by saying the scheme hopes to alleviate some of the problems currently faced in the town's roads, rather than make them worse.

Craig Trickett, who owns butchers shop Bairds Of Bungay, sent in a photograph of traffic problems in Upper Olland Street and said that this will only get worse if the proposed one-way system is introduced.

He said that the queue of traffic that formed in both directions when they had a delivery was 45 minutes long and felt that the situation would happen three to four times a day when the new system was introduced.

However, Mr Reeve said that it is hoped this situation would actually be alleviated as most traffic on Upper Olland Street will be travelling northwards, with a reduction in south-bound traffic.

The proposed one-way system will see traffic sent north along St Mary's Street and Lower Olland Street and south along Trinity Street and Wharton Street.

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But the proposals have divided the town with the Bungay Scheme Opposition Group vowing to continue to fight against it.

The group have also filmed a video of Trinity Street resident struggling to use the narrow pavement in her wheelchair.

Jonathan Shearme, of Staithe Road, Bungay, who filmed the video, said: 'I feel that the key factor for the one way system to work is the suitability of Trinity Street as a main highway through the town, I have some major reservations as to its suitability, not least of which would be the safety of the pavement users.'

Suffolk County Council have confirmed that an independent study is currently underway into the suitability of Trinity Street for the system, and have also said that the scheme will look to improve access for wheelchairs and pushchairs, with new pavements in Lower Olland Street, and wider ones in St Mary's Street.

The one-way system is likely to be introduced in July for at least six months.

•Mr Trickett also posted his photograph on iwitness24 which is a new way for readers to share photos online. To sign up visit www.iwitness24.co.uk

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