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Works close 'danger' road near Lakenheath for 45 weeks

Villagers are living in fear that someone will die on a stretch of road which collapsed near Lakenheath last week.

A closure has been put in place in Farthing Drove, Sedge Fen, which will see work carried out over 45 weeks to repair a damaged culvert under the road.

Residents said the road had been closed several times in the past, forcing them to take detours of up to 30 miles.

Farthing Drove in Sedge Fen will be closed for 45 weeks after a culvert collapsed. (30598343)
Farthing Drove in Sedge Fen will be closed for 45 weeks after a culvert collapsed. (30598343)

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “We are frightened that somebody is going to be killed on this road before long.

“Someone is going to get seriously hurt. It’s posing a real danger to the public and yet no- one seems to be taking any steps to fix it properly.”

She added: “It was repaired in April 2019, so for this to happen less than a year later is ridiculous and means we’ve all got to deal with more significant road closures, extra fuel costs and have no guarantee that this repair will do anything to improve the situation long-term.

“We get lorries and tractors going off the road quite regularly on that stretch. It’s posing a real danger to drivers.”

Suffolk County Council has had to use concrete bollards to enforce the road closure after members of the public removed the barriers and continued to drive through.

A council spokesman said: “Farthing Drove, Sedge Fen, has been closed by Suffolk Highways due to significant damage to the culvert which has resulted in a collapse under the road.

“We are working on designs for the reconstruction of the embankment and culvert and are liaising with specialist contractors to ensure the repairs are completed as quickly as possible. Due to an overhead high voltage electricity supply which is in close proximity to the collapse, we will be working with UK Power Networks to ensure we can all work safely whilst maintaining power for the local community.”