The parish council hosted Michelle Emmerson-Grey, a Coddenham resident, and Zoe Botten from the Sizewell C Project Community Relations team on 25 July at The Coddenham Centre to which all residents were invited. They provided an update on the strategies and commitments provided by the Project to ensure that all Project traffic uses main arterial routes and does not use the B1078 through Coddenham.
A copy of the Presentation slides is attached, together with:
The Freight Management Strategy which details the Project's plans to deliver 60% of materials by Rail and Sea, with 40% by road and confirms the route for HGV (>3.5T) deliveries to report to the Freight Management Facility at the A12/A14 Seven Hills junction at Nacton, before proceeding along the permitted route north on the A12. Changes in the transport strategy to 60% delivery by rail and sea reduced the number of HGVs at the peak of construction (approximately year seven) by 150 per day, to limits of 350 HGVs per day – with 700 journeys (there and back) on the A12. No HGVs will be authorised to travel on the B1078.
(For information. Further to the discussions regarding consideration of the Freight Management Site locations, during the site selection process, four sites were considered to the east of the Orwell bridge and two sites were put forward by the local authorities to the west of the Orwell bridge. The assessment of the alternatives is summarised in the relevant Environmental Statement. The Freight Management site has been selected on the East side of the Orwell Bridge for several reasons, including consultation feedback from the Port regarding Operation Stack (when the bridge is closed), the Police and Highways. With Felixstowe on the East side of the Freight Management Facility, this avoids the potential onward effect of congestion in Ipswich and Kesgrave. Should Operation Stack be activated, the facility has parking for 150 HGVs. The HGVs to the Freight Management Facility are an estimated increase of 2% of current traffic at the busiest day at peak).
The Traffic Incident Management Plan details the intentions in the event of traffic issues on the A12, and the closure of the Orwell Bridge and co-ordination with Operation Stack.
The Construction Worker Travel Plan shares full details of the intentions of Project workers commuting to and from the site, including the facilities at the park and rides and enforcement.
The Worker Code of Conduct purpose is covered in the Community Safety Management Plan. The final Worker Code of Conduct is currently being finalised.
The Deed of Obligation details the commitments made for mitigations to areas such as tourism, traffic, blue light services etc., impacted by the Project.
As is clear from the attached documents, although the Project is taking reasonable and comprehensive steps to avoid Project traffic using the B1078 and surrounding roads, a risk remains. This will be taken into account alongside ongoing discussions with Suffolk County Council and the Project team should the Sizewell C Project proceed.
For updates on progress with the project please see: Home - Sizewell C Works Tracker (szcworkstracker.co.uk)