max temp: 19°C

min temp: 13°C


Ipswich: Transport fears over northern fringe development

PUBLISHED: 10:57 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:57 20 February 2013

Fears that traffic issues will increase if the northern fringe development goes ahead

Fears that traffic issues will increase if the northern fringe development goes ahead

A major new development to include thousands of new homes on the northern fringe of Ipswich is set to be discussed by councillors.

Suffolk County Council has raised serious doubts about whether the town’s roads will cope with the extra traffic, if the scheme is given the green light.

And it has also flagged up concerns that people living in the area will not be aware of traffic-calming measures that need to be taken. The county’s cabinet is due to discuss its response to the proposals for the northern fringe when it meets next week.

Cabinet member with responsibility for transport and planning, Guy McGregor, said the issue of transport needed to be handled very carefully.

“We are not convinced that all the transport issues have been adequately dealt with,” he told The Star. “If there are thousands of new homes, there will have to be measures to ensure that people don’t all use their cars at the same time.”

Among the solutions being suggested at the cabinet meeting, are proposals for a cycle route to be created through Christchurch Park, and in the long term a bridge over the railway line is suggested to replace the Westerfield level crossing.

The new development would have to give priority to public transport, cycling, and walking – but Mr McGregor said this would have to be made clear to new residents from the start.

Unlike the Ravenswood community which was built on the town’s former airfield, the northern fringe spine roads would also he heavily used by other traffic heading towards the town – along Henley Road, Westerfield Road and Tuddenham Road.

Mr McGregor warned: “There are major issues to be faced with traffic management, and we are not convinced they have all been addressed at this stage.”

n Are you worried about traffic from the Northern Fringe? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email starletters@ archant.co.uk

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Thousands of families and eager festival-goers braved the changeable weather this weekend to enjoy top bands, food and art at Jimmy’s Festival.

Trains running to and from London Liverpool Street are being delayed, cancelled and revised as a result of a signalling issue this evening.

Suffolk New College is launching its summer programme of sports sessions for youngsters this week.

This is the story of the Neptune Inn in Fore Street, but before we learn of its history there are two diversionary tales, writes John Norman.

Top international speakers and academics gathered at the University of Suffolk last week for the Children and Childhoods Conference.

A primary school in Ipswich has failed to improve its Ofsted rating despite converting to an academy, it has been revealed.

Dementia-friendly care homes, forward-thinking mental health services and a café for people with disabilities are among those through to the final of the 2017 Suffolk Care Awards.

Imagine a music festival featuring Queen, Oasis, and The Jam in the heart of Ipswich’s Christchurch Park.

Pupils at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge saw in the holidays with a ‘festival-like’ acoustic evening.

Screen Suffolk bosses have said they are encouraged by the amount of interest shown in youngsters for a career in TV and film.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24