These are the current planning consultations relating to Melton:

A12 Improvements: A14 Seven Hills to A1152 Woods Lane – https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/consultations-petitions-and-elections/consultations/a12-improvements/ 

Public Consultation runs from 9 February to 19 March 2021 – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/A12improvements/

The A12 is part of Suffolk’s Major Road Network (MRN), reflecting the importance of the route for local communities, the economy, the visitor economy and access to the Energy Coast. It is recognised that there are existing issues along the A12, in particular between the A14 junction at Seven Hills and the A1152 at Woods Lane. Joint authority transport modelling undertaken to support the local plans also indicated that these issues would worsen as a result of planned growth.

The size and cost of a scheme of this type provides limited opportunity for funding. However, the Department for Transport have funding available from 2020 to 2025, that is focussed on this size of scheme and Suffolk County Council was successful in receiving development funding to progress the detail of improvements in this section of the A12 and make the case for funding its delivery.

The Scheme will enhance highway capacity at eight junctions on the A12, between the A14 Seven Hills and the A1152 Woods Lane. It will also provide a new section of dualled road and improve walking/cycling and public transport facilities. We have developed our proposals by assessing traffic movements and traffic demand impacts at the junctions. The results from this analysis are that a number of the A12 junctions will be over capacity and/or be subject to significant congestion in future years, which is associated with planned growth and development in the area.

The works proposed by the A12 Scheme will help to support economic and housing growth and create a better environment for walking/cycling and support an increase in the use of public transport.

Junctions included in the consultation

  • Junction A: A12-A14 Seven Hills
  • Junction B: A12-Foxhall Road
  • Junction C: Barrack Square
  • Junction D: Anson Road
  • Junction E: A12-A1214 Main Road
  • Junction F: A12-B1438
  • A12 proposed new dual carriageway at Woodbridge
  • Junction G: A12-B1079 Grundisburgh Road
  • Junction H: A12-A1152 Woods Lane

The Scheme also includes:

  • Upgrading the single carriageway between the B1438 (F) and B1079 (G) junctions at Woodbridge, to provide a consistent dual carriageway standard throughout the Scheme
  • Improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and bus services and their passengers, to encourage people to travel more sustainably

Proposed pedestrian and cycle improvements in the Woodbridge area section include:

  • Over 1km of new segregated pedestrian / cycle path on the east side of the A12 between Seckford Hall Road and B1079 Grundisburgh Road.
  • One of the following two options to link the new segregated pedestrian /cycle path on the east side of the A12 to Top Street:
    • A new pedestrian / cycle footbridge over the B1438 Ipswich Road, just east of Junction F, the A12 / B1438 junction. This option would include a pedestrian /cycle facility via Woodbridge Town Football Club to link to Seckford Hall Road, and a pedestrian / cycle facility from the B1438 Ipswich Road to link to Top Street.
    • An improved pedestrian / cycle route from Old Barrack Road (Woodbridge) to Top Street (Martlesham) via Sandy Lane, this would be achieved by closing a section of Sandy Lane to vehicles, this option would include a controlled crossing on B1438 Ipswich Road. Access to properties off Sandy Lane would be maintained.
  • A new controlled pedestrian / cycle crossing across the A12 at Seckford Hall Road, north of Junction F, the A12 / B1438 junction
  • A new controlled pedestrian / cycle crossing across the B1079 Grundisburgh Road, just east of Junction G, the A12 / B1079 Grundisburgh Road junction
  • A new controlled pedestrian / cycle crossing across the A12, just south of Junction G, the A12 / B1079 Grundisburgh Road junction
  • A new controlled pedestrian / cycle crossing across the A12, just north of Junction H, the A12 / A1152 Woods Lane junction
  • A new segregated pedestrian / cycle path from Woods Lane to the new crossing above.