Press release

Safer journeys on the A14 Orwell Bridge – public invited to find out more

Proposed measures to improve safety on the A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk.

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A new speed limit, improved road markings and new traffic signs are part of a package of measures being proposed to improve safety on the A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk.

Drivers, business owners and local residents are invited to find out more about the plans, which will improve safety for drivers at the Orwell Bridge, between junction 56 and 57 of the A14 near Ipswich, at a public information event which is being held on Wednesday 12 August.

Brian Pitkin, Highways England Asset Manager said:

The Orwell Bridge is a vitally important traffic link but has suffered from a high number of incidents.

We have listened to everyone’s comments, considered all the objections, carried out an in-depth safety study and looked again at how we can best improve safety. A 60mph speed limit will help to reduce the number of incidents along this stretch of the A14 by more than 40% and minimise the impact on journey times for drivers.

We will also be improving the road markings and signing so we can deliver a package of safety measures to improve safety for drivers.

I’d encourage anyone with an interest in journeys on the Orwell Bridge – especially local residents and business owners to get involved in this public information event so that we can discuss our plans for the road safety scheme.

The public information event, at which members of the public will be able to look at the plans and discuss them with representatives from Highways England, will take place at Tithe Barn in Sproughton on Wednesday 12 August from 10am to 2pm.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 22 July 2015