A new study is set to propose a range of options to breathe new life into Sudbury town centre – boosting the local economy and positioning Market Hill as the cultural heart of the community.
Suffolk County Council, working in partnership with Babergh District Council, has commissioned consultants WSP to consider a range of options to enhance the Sudbury Town centre and support its sustainability and economic growth.
With a focus on enabling the redevelopment of the Hamilton Road Quarter, options for the transition of the bus station to provision of on-street bus facilities and stops will be considered. This work will include potential changes to key junctions in the town, including the Station Road / Gt Eastern Road and the Waitrose junction, to support a stronger bus service network, working closely with operators and developing a sustainable transport system for Sudbury.
The foundations of the study began last autumn with the introduction of the Sudbury Vision for Prosperity action plan. The study will be crucial in shaping sustainable changes to support future investment and development of the town centre. It will also consider the development and redesign of the town centre landscape and making the Market Hill a focal location spot for community and cultural events hosted in the town.
Councillor Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs, said: “This work provides the opportunity to work collaboratively on options not only to improve the Market Hill, the heart of the town centre, but also enable the development of a key area of the town. This will also start to look at key junctions in the town and support the County’s ambitions for improved sustainable transport.”
Issues of traffic flow, congestion and air quality in the town were highlighted in the Vision For Prosperity Action Plan and the study will run in conjunction with the experimental Traffic Regulation Order in place, to address the Air Quality Management Area issues in Cross Street, removing parking bays in January 2020,
Cllr Michael Holt Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said: “This joint town centre study with Suffolk County Council and other local partners will help us move another step forward in the revitalisation of Sudbury’s town centre and the surrounding area. We want to ensure that the town centre remains relevant and that we work toward the best outcome for the whole town and the communities that are depend on it. The outcome of study will allow us to make informed decisions going forward, to shape the changes needed for growth, encourage businesses, attract new investment and improve the provision for residents and visitors.
The outcome of the public realm and bus station work will enable Babergh District and Suffolk County Councils to bid for funding to deliver the work early next year and will support the work of the Sudbury Vision Steering Group. It is proposed to present the findings of the survey to the public early next year.