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One-way Saddlemakers Lane continues to cause traffic problems in Melton

PUBLISHED: 08:12 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:12 11 January 2018

Cllr Buffy Barrington in Saddlemakers Lane, Melton.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Cllr Buffy Barrington in Saddlemakers Lane, Melton. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Concerns have been raised over the one-way system now in place in an east Suffolk village.

Cllr Buffy Barrington next to the no entry signs.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Cllr Buffy Barrington next to the no entry signs. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

As part of the changes made after the first phase of the Woods Lane building works, Saddlemakers Lane in Melton has become a one-way road.

Road users cannot leave the A12 and access the lane via New Road.

However, drivers can still join Saddlemakers Lane from the junction with The Street and go up and join the A12.

The diversion has led to confusion amongst drivers with some being reported as ignoring no entry signs.

Melton parish councillor Buffy Barrington said: “There’s been a lack of of communication. The whole thing has been handled badly.

“We are all inconvenienced by the same thing but some people are just doing it anyway, they don’t want to go round.”

Local police visited the area yesterday to assess the issues.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “Officers from the local policing teams have been out to investigate and were required to redirect some traffic and will continue to monitor the situation.

“Officers would like to remind motorists to obey and follow signage on roads as anyone caught ignoring a no entry sign could be fined for committing a traffic offence, and you are also at risk of causing a collision.”

Clarity of signage has also been noted as being a problem.

A spokesman for Bloor Homes said: “The full one-way signage was in place ready for 0700 hrs on Monday, January 8, to correspond with the closure of Woods Lane. Some signs were put in place prior to this for logistical reasons and were uncovered prior to 0700 hrs on Monday, January 8.

“Bloor Homes understands that several motorists have been seen clearly ignoring the one-way signs and continuing to drive against the flow of traffic on Saddlemakers Lane.

“The original decision to turn Saddlemakers Lane in to a one-way route was made by Suffolk County Council and the traffic management company for safety reasons as unfortunately there were collisions on Saddlemarkers Lane during the first closure phase.”

A spokesman from Suffolk County Council said that the council’s Network Assurance Team had been in touch with Bloor Homes over the signage and had provided guidance.

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