Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has backed calls for a review of HGV movements through the historic market town of Eye, amidst growing concerns from residents and businesses in the town.
After being contacted by a number of concerned residents, Dr Poulter met with Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr Andrew Reid, Mid Suffolk District Councillor for Eye, Cllr Peter Gould and representatives from Eye Town Council to hear first-hand the issues and to discuss options to reduce and resolve them.
A traffic study had been scheduled to start earlier in the year, but understandably was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Although further traffic modelling work will be required to fully assess and understand the impact of the problem, potential solutions could include a review of, and changes to HGV weight limits and alternative traffic management measures.
Commenting on the meeting, Dr Poulter said “Although we must celebrate the diverse and vibrant business community contributing to our economy in and around Eye, we must also be mindful of the impact that excessive HGV movements can have on our rural roads, villages and small towns. The narrow streets and pavements in Eye are wholly unsuited to the weight and volume of HGV movements which the town is currently seeing, and I share the concerns of residents.”
“I am grateful to Suffolk County Council for joining the meeting and look forward to working with them to deliver solutions to help enable our business community to continue to thrive, whilst also protecting the residents of Eye, and the historic fabric of the town.”