Further investigations needed for proposed Bungay one-way system

A CONTROVERSIAL proposed trial one-way system in Bungay town centre could be delayed after it was revealed that further investigations are needed before it is introduced.

Suffolk County Council had commissioned an independent study to assess the suitability of Trinity Street to be used as part of the one-way system, but after an initial report, further investigations from the consultants are now needed.

A spokesman for the council said: 'We have received the initial independent Trinity Street report which has indicated that further investigative work needs to be done.

'We anticipate that this additional work will be completed by the beginning of May, after which time we will be able to provide a full update.'

The independent study into the suitability of Trinity Street was expected to conclude at the end of March, with the trial then likely to be introduced for at least six months from July.

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Bob Prior, who has been one of the campaigners against the proposals, said that it was good news that further investigations would be taking place.

He said: 'This sort of investigation should have happened many months ago and we feel confident that our concerns were born out by the independent consultant report.'

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The Bungay Scheme Opposition Group has highlighted a number of concerns about the one-way proposal, including potential safety hazards along Trinity Street that are focused on its narrow footpaths and a physical risk to the historic properties.

This included filming a video of a Trinity Street resident struggling to use the narrow pavement in her wheelchair.

The one-way scheme, which is part of Suffolk County Council's Local Transport Plan, would send traffic north along St Mary's Street and Lower Olland Street and south along Trinity Street and Wharton Street.

The town council and county councillor David Richie support the proposal that hopes to improve the town's shopping and pedestrian environment.

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