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An updated lorry route plan for hauliers travelling through Suffolk has been produced and now includes air quality management areas and changes in road safety.

New features include by-passes and link roads at Beccles, Eye and Haverhill to divert traffic away from town centres and the downgrading of routes at Leiston and Stowlangtoft.

The new map also includes routes in Ipswich for the first time.

Last updated in 2011, hauliers are not compelled to use the routes but Suffolk County Council (SCC) said it helps them identify the best roads for their journey.

It is also aimed at discouraging lorry drivers from using roads that could cause disruption, road safety concerns and environmental concerns to local communities.

Councillor Richard Smith, SCC cabinet member for economic development, transport strategy and waste, said: “We have consulted with town and parish councils across Suffolk to establish what changes they would like to see.

“Where possible and practical to do so we have made changes but, inevitably, some people are going to be disappointed that changes they proposed could not be implemented.

“Suffolk is a predominantly rural county and we can only work within the road network available to us to accommodate modern-day traffic requirements.”

The new map can be accessed here: