FORTHCOMING ROAD CLOSURES – Elmswell, Beyton & Thurston

Suffolk Village Info reports the forthcoming road closures due to road maintenance, carriage way patching prior to surface dressing. These details feature on the Suffolk County Council website with reference to over 50 temporary road closures across Suffolk during February and March 2020

Next week commencing on Monday February 17th 2020 the main route into Elmswell from the A14 junction 47 (C401 Church Road) will be closed between 9.30am until 3.00pm until Friday February 21st  2020 from the roundabout coming from the A14 and Woolpit through to the junction at New Road,  Warren Lane and Cross Street. Local access will be available during this period but the recommended diversion will be via Cross Street, Wetherden Road, Elmswell Road, Stowmarket Road, Haughley New Street, Tot Hill Haughley, A14, (West Bound A1088 From District Boundary to A14), Elmswell and vice versa.

Diversion route map for Elmswell.


Beyton, Thurston Road Closure March 16th to March 20th 2020

From Monday March 16th  2020  the road from the green at Beyton (Beyton and Thurston – C560 The Green, Thurston Road and Beyton Road) through to the Railway Station bridge at Thurston will be closed  for 24 hours each day until Friday march 20th 2020 for Carriageway patching prior to surface dressing. Local access will be available. The recommended diversion route is via Thurston Road, New Road, Ipswich Road, Bury Road, Roads Bounding Beyton Green and vice versa

Diversion route map

Below we have include frequently asked questions and answers from the County Council website which we hope our readers will find helpful.

You have said that my road will be closed. Will I still be able to get in and out of my property?

Yes, the majority of the time you will be able to. When the road is closed, staff on-site will be able to make sure that you can get through safely.

If we are working directly outside your property, we will do everything we can to make sure that you still get in when you want to. However, if for example, we are digging up the road or path right outside your property, there may be periods of around 15 to 20 minutes when you may temporarily not be able to get in or out.

What about access for other services, including emergency services?

We notify the emergency services, local bus operators and councils for bin collections. If an emergency vehicle needs to get in, access would immediately be made available.

I run a business – how will people know if it is open?

We know its important customers are aware businesses are open, so where appropriate we will put up notices or display signs saying “Businesses open as usual”.

Will the works be noisy?

The nature of roadworks and the equipment that we use means that works can be noisy. We will do everything we can to keep noise to the minimum possible.

Will works definitely start on the date shown on the information boards on-site and as stated on

We plan roadworks in advance, so to take into account bad weather or other delays, we give dates that cover the range of days that we could be on site (with a few extra days planned in just in case). If we need to make major changes to the dates of works, we will update the information boards on sites.

Why is there a long diversion in place?

When we close a road and put a diversion in place, it needs to be a route that can be accessed by all shapes and sizes of vehicles. We make the diversion as clear as possible, but people may choose to use other local roads.

The works have finished. Why have the signs and barriers been left behind?

Sometimes we need to leave sites with barriers around them so that new surfaces can finish drying off. Often our teams are scheduled to collect the signs at a later date. Occasionally we may leave signs behind by mistake. If you do see them more than two weeks after we have finished, give us a call on 0345 606 6171 and we will come and collect them.

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