The first part of the Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road has opened.
The 350 metre stretch of road is part of a £15million scheme and was jointly funded by £10m from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal with Government, Suffolk County Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. It will make possible the delivery of 500 new homes and provide access to the new Sybil Andrews Academy and Community Sports facility.
The new stretch of road will also open up one part of the Suffolk Business Park site – one of ten sites on the LEP’s Space to Innovate Enterprise Zone – which will create thousands of jobs and millions of pounds for the local economy. When completed, the road will run from Skyliner Way to junction 45 of the A14. The design of the road also incorporates a Sustainable Drainage System, which retains and purifies water locally, allowing it to filter into the ground in a way that imitates its natural path.
Breheny Civil Engineering were appointed by Suffolk County Council in February 2016, with construction beginning in March 2016. The road is on track to be completed by summer 2017.
Chris Starkie, Managing Director of New Anglia LEP, said: “This is a flagship scheme for the East and an important part of the funding we secured from Government in our first Growth Deal. Infrastructure projects like this are playing a vital role in opening up our region, both for local businesses and future investors, as we grow our dynamic economy. We are delighted to be playing a key part, with our local authority partners, in bringing this important project forward.”
Cllr James Finch, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s good to see the first part of the Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road completed. The benefits of this stretch of road will be realised immediately and when completed, it should ease congestion in the area.”
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “It is really great news that the first section of the road is now complete.
“This road isn’t just a piece of tarmac but a crucial part in the delivery of thousands of new jobs at the Suffolk Business Park and new homes to meet the local needs of our community. This first section will access the new school and with it community sports facilities that will benefit residents in the area. I look forward to the completion of the road next summer.”