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Diversions for motorists in Clare as works start

PUBLISHED: 19:17 13 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:11 14 January 2019

The centre of Clare Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

The centre of Clare Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

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Motorists in Clare town centre face disruption as a key road is closed for drainage investigation works.

Bridewell Street, the main road into the town from the north, and Callis Street will be closed from Monday, January 14, as Suffolk County Council Highways flush out the drainage system to see if further works are needed.

The closure is scheduled for five days, between 9am to 3.30pm, and will see Bridewell Street shut from its junction with Callis Street until Hermitage Meadow. The full length of Callis Street will also be closed.

Parked vehicles will have to be moved from around the location of the gullies to allow access and safe working.

A diversion via Stoke Road, A1092, A1017, B1061 Sturmer Road, A143, The Street B1063 and vice versa will be in place.

Clare Town Council chairman Paul Bishop said the major drainage works were “necessary”, but added he hoped the disruption would be kept to a minimum.

He said: “We have had meetings with Clare Council over the past months looking at ways to mitigate the disruption; that’s about shortening it as much as possible and proper signage.”

Suffolk Highways said: “Access to properties and businesses within the site will be available. If required, please approach a member of staff who will provide access as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

“These temporary traffic management measures are required to allow the works to be carried out safely and in accordance with current health and safety guidelines.”

The highways department said the times and dates of the work may change depending on weather conditions, and if they did the signs would be updated on site.

Anyone with questions about the drainage works should call 0345 606 6171.

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