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The Street, in Aldham, near Hadleigh, will not reopen until the summer





A Suffolk road which has been shut for nearly five months will not reopen until the summer.

The Street, in Aldham, near Hadleigh, has been closed since November 20 after a side of the road gave way.

Despite the initial target of reopening in time for Christmas, Suffolk Highways extended the closure due to safety concerns following further deterioration of the carriageway.

The Street, in Aldham, near Hadleigh, will remain shut until the summer. Picture: Jenni Green
The Street, in Aldham, near Hadleigh, will remain shut until the summer. Picture: Jenni Green

Last week, SuffolkNews reported how the long running road closure has forced Elmsett Village Stores, between Ipswich and Hadleigh, to cease trading due to a huge reduction in footfall.

In a social media post yesterday, Suffolk Highways said a solution to fix the issues has been proposed following investigation works in the area.

It said: “To allow The Street in Aldham to be reopened, a retaining structure will be installed to support the brook and embankment.

It collapsed in November. Picture: Jenni Green
It collapsed in November. Picture: Jenni Green

“The team will obtain the necessary approvals and create a work programme with the agreed solution.”

“While a specific start date for the work cannot yet be confirmed, we are working towards an on-site start in June, with an expected six week construction programme.

“Therefore, we are anticipating that the repairs will be complete, and the road can be reopened by the end of July 2024.”

Highways said it will issue further updates as soon as a start date has been confirmed.