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Stowmarket leisure centre hosts National Highways exhibition ahead of A14 roadworks from Haughley to Tothill





A public information event has seen crowds gather this morning to ask questions about the 16-month resurfacing project on the A14.

National Highways have held the second series events in Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell and Stowmarket to answer questions ahead of the roadworks starting on Tuesday, February 7.

Stowmarket resident David Bye went along to today’s exhibition at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre in Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket which is running until 4pm.

Today's event is at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre until 4pm. Picture: SuffolkNews
Today's event is at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre until 4pm. Picture: SuffolkNews

He said: "I think it was very informative and I've found out what I wanted to know about night time closures and accessibility getting back into Stowmarket.

"Every week I sing with two barbershop groups - one on the other side of Ipswich and one in Norton.

"Although we won't be affected by the roadworks when we go to the rehearsals, we might be stuck afterwards at around 10pm.”

Many attended to ask questions and find out more about the construction plans. Picture: SuffolkNews
Many attended to ask questions and find out more about the construction plans. Picture: SuffolkNews

The plans will see the busy stretch of road between junction 47a and junction 49 entirely relaid with new road markings, reflective studs and kerbs.

It is due to finish by summer 2024 and a series of road closures will be in place before the 50mph contraflow system is set up.

National Highways have said that 60 minute delays are to be expected during peak travel times.

Mr Bye added: "It's been a long time coming, but it is needed.

The event had further information on the upcoming closures. Picture: SuffolkNews
The event had further information on the upcoming closures. Picture: SuffolkNews
There are also leaflets on offer. Picture: SuffolkNews
There are also leaflets on offer. Picture: SuffolkNews

"I drive back and forth to Bury St Edmunds to visit my sons and going on that concrete bit is really quite awful.

"It's good to see it finally getting sorted."

The project is part of National Highways long-term plan of investing £400m to repair and replace roads across the country.

Andy Jobling, National Highways programme delivery manager, said: “The A14 is a very popular route with motorists, helping to provide a transport corridor between the North, the Midlands, and East Anglia.

“Upgrading this stretch will make it safer and smoother, ensuring it’s fit for the thousands of drivers who use it every day.

“We are encouraging motorists, local residents and businesses to come to one of our upcoming events to meet the team, learn more about the project, and ask any questions they have.”