The 20mph road closure scheme

Update 2 October 2023

From County Councillor Robert Lindsay from Suffolk County Highways.

The project managers (SCC Highways) have advised that they will liaise with Milestone (who start on Monday 2 Oct 2023) and provide a further update on the way forward and timescales for completion in the next 2 weeks.

I am sorry that this work did not go to plan, things were best laid in good faith, but it was unfortunately derailed by unforeseen emergency works beyond Kier Operations control.

Bildeston Parish Council

28 September 2023

Information from County Councillor Robert Lindsay

I’ve been trying to find out what has happened with the work to the 20mph scheme. Apparently, the work was interrupted because of an emergency closure elsewhere which required a diversion through Bildeston. That means that the contractor – Keir – will now not be able to complete before Milestone take over the contract on 1 October. That in turn is likely to mean some inevitable delay. However, the work will be completed, and Suffolk
County Highways tell me they don’t believe there is a safety issue having 20 repeaters within the 30mph signs for a temporary period.

Frustrating but it will still happen!

Bildeston Parish Council and Suffolk County Council – 20mph road scheme works information commencing 18th – 22nd September 2023.

For your information, we are planning to implement a new 20mph speed limit by installing new signage and posts in multiple locations along High Street, B1078 Wattisham Road, Hadleigh Road and Bildeston Road. Towards the end of the work, an overnight road closure will be in place to install a high friction surface and new road markings. The works are programmed to take place between 18 and 22 September 2023. For the safety of our workforce and members of the public, temporary traffic signals and road closures will be in operation.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place as follows:

18 September 2023 – High Street and B1078 junction

19 September 2023 – High Street, Hadleigh Road and Bildeston Road junction

20 September 2023 – Bildeston Road

A road closure will be in place, as detailed below, overnight between 21 and 22 September 2023 (7pm – 5am)

Phase 1: B1115 High Street, Bildeston (from B1078 to Bildeston Road, Hitcham) and B1115 Bildeston Road, Hitcham

Diversion: B1115, A1308, B1113, B1078 and vice versa.

Phase 2: B1115 High Street, Bildeston (from Chelsworth Road to Hadleigh Road), B1115 Hadleigh Road, Nedging with Naughton, B1115 Hadleigh Road, Semer, B1115 Cookes Hill, Semer and B1115 Bildeston Road, Semer

Diversion: B1115, A1141 and vice versa.

As we plan roadworks in advance, we schedule extra days to allow for bad weather or other delays beyond our control. If we need to make major changes to our work dates, we will update the information signs on site.

A plan showing the diversion route for these works is attached to this email. When we close the road and put a diversion in place, the route needs to be accessible to vehicles of all shapes and sizes. We make our diversions as clear as possible by placing appropriate signing along the route. The latest updates on our works can be found on our website at Temporary road closures for Suffolk Highways roadworks” and on One.Network website.

There may be times that essential emergency works are required to take place on the highway network without advanced notice – you can follow Suffolk Highways on Twitter for the latest emergency roadwork updates.

Please could you use any contacts within your division or parish to circulate this notification. Please contact us on 0345 606 6171 if you have any questions.

Suffolk Highways


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