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Fuming motorists sent on 18-mile detour to avoid roadworks

The longest diversion ever?


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MOTORISTS IN Suffolk are being driven round the bend by council workers who have created an elaborate 18-mile diversion while repairs are carried out to a stretch of road less than two miles long.


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The repairs are taking place on the B1078, just south of Stowmarket, which has been closed completely to traffic between Parson’s Lane and the junction with Willisham Road for a month. The diversion, which takes drivers on a lengthy loop of the Suffolk countryside, is claimed to be one of the longest ever created.

One motorist, Richard Goss, said: “The road can’t be that impassable — the fire brigade tweeted earlier this week thanking the contractors for moving out of the way to let a fire engine answering a 999 call through.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Highways said that the diversionary route had to use main roads rather than shorter routes on minor roads because of the “type of traffic”.