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Sudbury could be in for £6 million of funding from Government's Levelling Up fund for bus junction improvements around the Hamilton Road quarter




A £6million bid for Government cash has been lodged by Suffolk councils for key transport upgrades in Sudbury that will pave the way for further regeneration projects.

Babergh District and Suffolk County councils have requested £6.36million from the Government’s Levelling Up fund for bus junction improvements around the Hamilton Road quarter.

That will then enable a council-led scheme for the revamp of the bus station there – one of the landmark projects in the Vision for Sudbury laid out in 2018 and featured in the public showcase events in 2019.

An artist's impression of Sudbury's Hamilton Road quarter. Picture: Carter Jonas. (50961537)
An artist's impression of Sudbury's Hamilton Road quarter. Picture: Carter Jonas. (50961537)

News on whether it is successful should emerge in the Autumn Statement this year.

John Ward, leader of Babergh’s Conservative/Independent/Liberal Democrat administration, said the scheme had the backing from South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge.

He continued: “The Levelling-up Fund provides a fantastic opportunity to bring forward a substantial site in the heart of Sudbury town centre and create more accessible and improved bus facilities to enhance passenger transport for the town which will support our vision for Sudbury in creating a place where people want to live, work and visit.”

John Ward, Conservative leader at Babergh District Council. Picture: Babergh District Council. (50961563)
John Ward, Conservative leader at Babergh District Council. Picture: Babergh District Council. (50961563)

The bid plans to improve the use of bus services because the bus station is away from the town centre.

It will instead be replaced by on-street stops in the town centre, while junctions will be upgraded with bus priority measures to improve journey times.

A cash request had previously been made to the Government’s Pinch Point fund, before that was axed and replaced with the Levelling Up Fund.

Conservative cabinet member for economic development, strategic highways, transport and waste at Suffolk County Council, Richard Smith. Picture: Suffolk County Council. (50961573)
Conservative cabinet member for economic development, strategic highways, transport and waste at Suffolk County Council, Richard Smith. Picture: Suffolk County Council. (50961573)

Richard Smith, Conservative cabinet member for economic development, transport strategy and waste at Suffolk County Council, said: “We support this bid from our partners at Babergh and look forward to hearing the outcome in due course.”

Plans for the Hamilton Road quarter in the Vision for Prosperity published back in 2018 included the bus station and Borehamgate Centre and proposed a modern facility featuring homes, cinema, restaurants and other leisure and retail offerings.

However, changes to the redevelopment at Belle Vue Park when hopes of a hotel there fell through – which were loosely linked to the Hamilton Road refresh – and the impact of Covid-19 means the scope of the Hamilton Road redevelopment could change.

The council said a revised masterplan will be shared publicly later this year.

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