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Haverhill’s transport links ‘worse than in 1950s’ say councillors

By Sammi Nice

Haverhill’s transport links are worse than they were in the 1950s, according to councillors.

In an open letter to Suffolk County Council, Cllrs Julian Flood and Tony Brown have expressed their concerns about what they see as alack of a sustainable and coherent transport plan for Haverhill.

“We are concerned that Haverhill’s transport infrastructure is not suitable,” said Cllr Brown. “And we are extremely concerned that there is no plan to implement improvements.

“We want Suffolk County Council to work with Cambridge County Council to improve the A1307. If they don’t, with all the development that will be going on, it’s going to be a much larger problem than it is even now.”

In the letter, the councillors call on Suffolk County Council to work more closely with Cambridgeshire County Council on an integrated transport plan that makes provision for an expanding Haverhill with corresponding levels of traffic.

The letter states that, in its current form, the town’s transport infrastructure is serving the town worse than it did in the 1950s.

The councillors draw attention to the expansion of the town under the Vision 2031 document and question whether there is adequate provision for transport links to deal with the traffic at particular parts of town, like the roundabout at the bottom of Wratting Road.

Cllr Flood said: “We’ve been trying, ever since we were elected, to fix the transport connections.

“It’s really obvious. Haverhill needs its railway back. We’ll be up to 35.000 people soon.

“We are not getting what a town of our size and importance deserves.

“We don’t have any major trunk roads and should look at dualling the A1307. On the map, there’s a great gap with Haverhill at the middle.”

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