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Compiegne Way, in Bury St Edmunds, reopens after three-week flood closure





A major Suffolk link road has opened – more than three weeks after flooding caused it to shut.

Compiegne Way in Bury St Edmunds is a major route which carries thousands of vehicles each day.

The A143 closed on January 1, causing road misery for thousands of motorists, residents and businesses.

In an update within the past hour, Suffolk Highways confirmed the route was OPEN.

A post on X, formerly Twitter said: “We apologise for the inconvenience this closure has caused and thank you once again for your continued patience.”

The authority said that diversion signs would be removed later this evening.

Compiegne Way reopened this evening, Suffolk Highways has confirmed
Compiegne Way reopened this evening, Suffolk Highways has confirmed

Suffolk Highways said earlier this evening it had installed two new pumps and tested them to make sure water was making its way to the River Lark. They said there was still running water, but this would not affect the road and its re-opening.

New road markings have been laid but there are more which will need painting, it added.

Further work will be needed, but the authority said this would not mean the closure of the road again.

Compiegne Way in Bury St Edminds has finally reopened. Picture by Mark Westley
Compiegne Way in Bury St Edminds has finally reopened. Picture by Mark Westley

Teams were on-site over the weekend, removing 24,000 gallons of water.

This is on top of 72,000 gallons which were removed last Wednesday and another seven tanker loads last Thursday.