Stratford St. Andrew
This is the site of the four villages bypass group, formed to campaign for a
bypass for the villages of Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St. Andrew,
and Farnham, Suffolk.
The A12 is an important strategic route from East London to Great Yarmouth.
North of Ipswich it serves the towns of Woodbridge, Saxmundham,
Framlingham and Leiston, the port of Lowestoft and the holiday destinations
of Aldeburgh and Southwold.
The project has now been named "Suffolk Energy Gateway" to reflect the
istrategic importance of this stretch of road to the Sizewell 'C' project and
the port of Lowestoft, serving the North Sea Energy industry.
Where it passes through the four villages, it is
a winding single carriageway, substantially
unchanged since the 1920s and the lack of an
alternative route means severe disruption to
the surrounding villages when it is closed due
to accidents, breakdowns or roadworks.
In 1995 a public enquiry found
that, in the words of the
Inspector, "The case for a bypass
is incontrovertible" and approval
was given for its construction.
However, the project was
cancelled a year later for
Since then, traffic levels have increased and the proposed construction of
the Sizewell 'C' nuclear power station will exacerbate the existing
congestion, noise, vibration and air quality problems. The Group believes
that the only solution is to re-instate the 1995 dual carriageway by-pass.
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