There have long been calls for a bypass around Brandon to ease traffic congestion in the town centre. The latest proposals are from a group of developers who are offering to half-fund the road. (It’s not entirely clear why they aren’t offering to pay for all of it, since it it necessary for access to their development land.) Such a bypass should improve Regional Route 30 by making the High Street and the awkward junction with the C873 quieter.
There was some previous suggestion that Network Rail would only support a new railway bridge for the bypass if the existing level crossing on the A1065 was permanently closed. It was unclear if any provision would be made for cyclists to continue crossing the railway there. However, a local outcry about the closure of the level crossing seems to have convinced the developers that it needs to remain open for the scheme to have sufficient local support.
In May 2015, the developers submitted a cross-border outline planning application to both Forest Heath and Breckland Councils.
- BrandonSuffolk.com: Brandon Bypass and Regeneration
- Brandon Regeneration (developer’s site)
- Outline Planning Documents (West Suffolk Planning Portal)
- Outline Planning Documents (Breckland Planning Portal)