A low key public c9nsultation in the Autumn 2017 about a dual carriageway "Four Villages" bypass - so called "pinch-point" for the A12 and all of those EDF Sizewell C lorries - has resurfaced, as a Suffolk County Council proposal, costing £100m for four miles. It is a changed proposal, not the EDF original proposal of - going north- a west loop and then an east loop back on to the dual carriageway below Saxmunden. Avoiding important interests, we guess, it now goes all to the east. Asked about funding at a meeting with the Joint Local Authority Group (JLAG) coordinating work with the EDF Sizewell C project, councillors explained there were no council funds, EDF would be asked for 40% and the rest would come from a bid to Government. This would require a developed business plan. Weeks later, this business plan was sent in, but had become £150m.
Not the biggest problem though: it's gone into the next funding round for all UK roads, for money in the 2021-5 period. Alongside a Government proposal to create new second class motorways, some in the A12 south of Ipswich, to be called :"expressways", there are bids for 7 new junctions on the A14 between Fexlistowe and Bury, a new super junction at Copdock, And, not far away, a new road to Stansted from Suffolk, a new Essex access to Stansted and a lot more besides. The four villages bit is being called "The Energy Gateway". Realists might conclude that it's the exact opposite, since the real energy future around Lowestoft needs cross-country access, there is no "solution" to the Yoxford junction issue on the designated Sizewell C route up the A12 north and down the B1122 south-east, and, well, EDF at their Stage 2 report back meeting say they are sticking to their mini proposals for the four villages. Also, as may be obvious, the Government has no money for even a fraction of roads projects in any case. EDF are unlikely to change their view: they've just announced a 20% cut in the Sizewell C budget ( see above).