Plans to introduce a one way system to Haverhill town centre have been scrapped after consultation showed they were ‘not well supported’ by residents.
Suffolk County Council wanted to stop traffic travelling from Camps Road past Market Square and instead divert it up Mill Road, reversing the existing one way system.
The authority claimed the move would reduce High Street traffic by 60 per cent as it continues to duck calls for the town centre road to be pedestrianised in line with Queen Street – a problem which sees illegal parking there repeatedly elected a priority for the police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
The change was due to come into place in ‘early 2014’, which would have meant traffic would only access the town centre from Swan Lane, but has been abandoned.
Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet members for roads and transport, said: “We received over 400 responses to the consultation which are still being analysed.
“Alongside this work, local county councillors are concerned that the experimental order is not well supported by local people and are therefore investigating alternative solutions to the problem of excessive parking in the High Street during the desired 10am to 4pm traffic-free period.
“We hope to have more information to share in the coming weeks.”
Cllr Tony Brown protested against the plans after a lack of consultation, and is relieved to see them scrapped.
“My opposition was because there hadn’t been a thorough consultation carried out with residents beforehand,” he said.
“They only spoke to a few people in the vicinity and not in the larger affected area.
“We were worried about the lack of south to north routes and something as significant as sending increased traffic down narrow, congested Victorian roads needs proper consultation.
“We would all like to see something sorted out with the High Street but this is not the correct thing and would have just been a quick fix.”
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (May 8) Echo.