Have a say over Ransomes Europark traffic problems

Dave Muller of Suffolk New College, for EADT Business Awards 2013 Dave Muller of Suffolk New College, for EADT Business Awards 2013

Friday, January 17, 2014
2:53 PM

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We should be encouraged that business leaders from across Ipswich welcomed the announcement at the end of 2013 that the Highways Agency are planning to make a number of improvements to the A14 in the vicinity of the Orwell Bridge.

The reduction in speed across the largest bridge in the East of England comes after businesses, I am proud to say led by the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, campaigned throughout last year for the change.

The chamber is delighted that the Highways Agency will introduce a 60mph speed restriction with new signing and carriageway markings and new countdown markers on the approach to the services. There will be new ‘slow lorries for 1/2 mile’ signs on yellow backing boards to make them more conspicuous and 2 new signs at 3/4 mile Eastbound and 1 mile Westbound.

The chamber has worked incredibly hard in drawing attention to the negative impact that traffic congestion, mainly in the proximity of the Orwell Bridge and Junction 57 on the A14, has been having on businesses on Ransomes Europark.

Therefore we are pleased to see plans evolving which once enacted will make a real positive impact on the economy and on jobs in Ipswich.

The decision from the Highways Agency follows meetings arranged by the Chamber bringing together Ransomes Europark businesses, the Highways Agency, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council.

One of our board members, Peter Johnson, General Manager at Mediterranean Shipping Company, spoke to the EADT and was right when he said a dedicated survey of local businesses, which resulted in over 250 responses, provided hard evidence that local businesses are incurring significant costs as a result of frequent traffic congestion chaos.

Traffic congestion on Ransomes Europark: come and have your say

In addition to the progress previously reported, Suffolk County Council has agreed to consult with local businesses on how to best spend the Section 106 finance (developer funding) that is available to the authority to invest on the Europark to increase road capacity, improve traffic flows and reduce queuing.

Ipswich Chamber has arranged for the consultation meeting to take place at 5pm on February 11, 2014 on Ransomes Europark (venue tbc). It will be chaired by Peter Johnson of MSC and Cllr Graham Newman, the County Council’s Cabinet member for roads and transport and Cllr Bill Quinton, the local county councillor will both be in attendance along with officers from the authority’s Environment and Transport Department.

Contact Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford at ashleigh@suffolkchamber.co.uk or on 01473 694807 to reserve a place.

As Suffolk Plc literally moves forward in 2014 it is more important than ever that business leads the way. I am encouraged we are making a good start.

Dave Muller

Chair

Ipswich Chamber of Commerce

14 comments

  • The other thing I want to say is that the authorities around here are nowhere near efficient enough in clearing accidents on the A14 which just adds to this problem. When I worked in Cambridge the A14 was back to normal in double time following an accident whereas in and around Ipswich you're stuck in horrid traffic for literally hours in some cases, while people hum and haw about what to do. There should be another sensible route off the A14 that doesn't involve gridlocking the whole of Ipswich. That would be a start.

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    Captain Z

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I rarely drive in that part of town. However, if coming from the A14 interchange towards Ravenswood and Warren Heath, I find myself getting incredibly confused, especially in the dark. Perhaps some major road reconfiguration needs to be done; or, at least, better signage for people who don't know the area. At the moment there is, in my opinion, information overload yet too little result.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • I don’t believe the 250 business that responded to they survey thought their problems with congestion after an incident on the A14 would result in a permanent speed reduction over the bridge and I am amazed that the chamber would support this idea, it make Suffolk look like the slow county. Very few members of the general public support this idea just like very few support the every increasing number of traffic lights. Why of why can we not keep roundabouts, with time controlled lights at peak period, want an example of this working go to Carlisle they use this system and very good it is to. That would sort out all the roundabouts around Ransomes at peak time AND allow traffic to flow during off peak.

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    A Smith

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • There need to be an entrance off of the A14 for Ransome Euro Park , that would take a lot of the heavy vehicle's off of the Thrasher roundabout . Ginge it's because of driver's like you ( who want to do a 1hr journey in 5 min's ) that we have to have these speed camera's ,, if driver's showed a little more manner's patience and respect for each other on our road's maybe we wouldn't need them

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Well, Mr Grumpy, at least they allow people to have a say. Not like our local papers, which stifle LEGAL local comment on important local issues. I feel we live in a totalitarian existence here in this region as we are unfortunate to have a newspaper group which does not allow free speech, especially if it criticises themselves or one of their many (usually wealthy or land-owning) chums. Their papers serve their interests and not those of the local people. But I note these papers will print your comment criticising others even though possibly they will not print mine criticising them.

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • I wonder how much notice they'll take of what people say? None, nothing, nil or zero?

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    Mr Grumpy

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • The problem with this road has and will always be the lorries that sit in the outside lane for miles as they crawl past another lorry that is doing one mile less per hour. A no overtaking lane like they have before Kettering east bound on the A14 would have been a less contentious solution.

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    dj

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Going to and from work, I drive along Felixstowe Road past the Warren Heath Sainsbury's every single day. The roundabout immediately outside is lethal, with people not giving way to the right or dawdling around without indicating, meaning people just get impatient and force their way on which means getting stuck in the middle or having an accident. Personally I think that area needs traffic lights but I know the people of Ipswich have had enough of those recently. As for Ransomes Europark, the roads around there just confuse me and I've seen and had some near misses. Nothing about the road layout is clear or makes any sense let alone the traffic trying to get on or off the A14.

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    Captain Z

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • What is meant by "to invest on the Europark to increase road capacity, improve traffic flows and reduce queuing"? Its private land! Down that way has seen a lot of development in recent years, the infrastructure was inadequate before... bolting on a new housing estate, The Havens, Futura Park and even more recently 4 new restaurants... the problem is only going to get worse. The parkland (ravenswood) will be built on with more houses in next few years. All these businesses pay their rates and taxes, but for me, its the owners of the 220+ acre business park that should be putting their hands in their pockets. They are still advertising further plots of land to let. Suffolk Retail Park sold rather recently for £19m... its relatively tiny in comparison!

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • The biggest issue for the area is the constant traffic coming off the a14 which then has to be given way to. If there was a way that traffic could get to the ransomes euro park without using the roundabout by the Toyota garage then the traffic would move more freely. I use the nacton road, ravenswood, a14 daily.

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    Scooter boy

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Nothing that a Northern by pass wouldn't sort out , but then when did anything SCCHighways ever do anything that we could shout about as dramatic improvement . The Ransomes junction off the A14 is the wrong place to re route tarffic from the A14 , there should be a road very near the river to link into Duke street , landseer road area . It should come off near the Shell Garage and go under the A14 , perhaps even along the old docks road that leads to the roundabout junction of duke street and landseer road , then back out of ipswich over stoke bridge ish and up wherstead road back to the A14 , something like that so it doesn't snarl up the whole town !

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Getting off the Euro Park a 5pm is a nightmare with mindless idiots blocking the roundabouts. ie when they can not go anywhere and the way i need to go is clear. They need to paint keep clear on all parts off the roundabout not just some bits off it.

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    sgt bloggs

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Nice to find out what idiot asked for speed cameras and a lower speed limit which the rest of us will have to put up with 24hrs 7days a week 365 days a year for about 30mins of congestion in the morning and evening. This will cure nothing until you close the Shell Garage, inrease the length of the Nacton entry slip so people are not entering a dual carriageway at 20mph. As for Nacton Rd congestion. The answer is a new junction on to the A14 direct from the industrial estate at the far end where it is right next to the A14. Thus all the retail traffic is seperated from the commercial. But as this will cost money rather than trying catch people out at 1am in the morning going over the Orwell Bridge at 63mph it won' get done. We are the only industrial country in the world that celebrates downgrading high speed roads. Other fix the cause rather than fixing the effect.

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    The Ginge

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Prosecute the aggressive tailgaters. Problem solved.

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    Newsmaster Excalibur

    Friday, January 17, 2014

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