Ipswich: Bishop’s Hill traffic lights proposal dropped after outcry over latest phase of the Travel Ipswich project

There were fears that more traffic lights could increase congestion on Bishop's Hilll. There were fears that more traffic lights could increase congestion on Bishop's Hilll.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
1:52 PM

Controversial proposals to install traffic lights at the top of Bishop’s Hill in Ipswich have been dropped.

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At the same time, plans to widen the pavements at the junction between Norwich Road and Chevallier Street and install a new Toucan crossing on Norwich Road are to go ahead.

The double mini roundabout will remain in place.

Traffic lights will be installed in Woodbridge Road at Argyle Street, as planned.

The decisions have been made following three public consultations which ended on Monday, February 10. The consultations were held as part of the town-wide Travel Ipswich improvement scheme. In addition to a widely available online survey on the Travel Ipswich website, a public exhibition was held in the Tower Ramparts shopping centre and 1,700 households were individually written to.

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for transport said: “We wanted to hear what people thought about these proposals which is why we launched three consultations.

“In the case of Felixstowe Road and Nacton Road, we of course proposed these signals as a way of helping to manage traffic flow across the wider road network.

“Now we’ve had time to consider the responses, it’s very clear to us that there is no public appetite for changes to the Felixstowe Road and Nacton Road junction.

“We won’t therefore be going ahead with those proposals. We will however be monitoring the situation to see if leaving the junction as it is has a detrimental effect on traffic management.

“We will be progressing with works on the other junctions because they are pivotal to the Travel Ipswich programme and we can see clear benefits in terms of managing traffic flow into the town centre. We also received very few negative comments on these proposals.

“With the continuing population increase in Ipswich, as well as the growth that is forecast in years to come, it’s vital that we better manage vehicle movements in and around the town centre.”

25 comments

  • I'm sure this Traffic Management will improve the Ipswich transport network by a small percentage but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to workout the benefits of a Northern bypass to the local infrastructure. It's been mooted for 25 years, I suppose the irony is the people who would moan about it would benefit from it quite considerably also.

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    bconnelly55

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • The majority of the problem is, how many taxicabs you can spot stuck in this town in an hour? They do not help the situation, probably all added together amount to half of the problem.

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    an idea

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Public toilets are a Borough Council responsibility, not a County Council one. If you want new toilets here, press the Borough Council to fulfil their responsibility.

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    IpswichSpy

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Contrary to the inaccurate sub-heading, the fears weren't of increased congestion on Bishop's HIll, but of all the streets above it being clogged up.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • So does that release enough money to pay for toilets at the bus station?

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • And now the council has seen sense on the Bishop Hill light's go a bit further and take the one's down at the bottom and put a mini roundabout in place ,, Hardly any traffic come out from the flat's nor the work's entrance opposite , and they are to far apart

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    MIGUEL100

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I agree about the Argyle St, Woodbridge Rd junction lights. What is the point in stopping traffic heading up Woodbridge Rd out of town? It has no need to be stopped at the junction. I could, perhaps, see the argument for traffic turning into Argyle St from each direction but to make the whole junction light controlled is yet another example of stopping traffic for no reason.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I'm surprised to hear that the £21M money pot for transport improvements in Ipswich was for SCC to spend and that the reason for not providing toilets at the bus station was that IBC would not pay for them. I remember Newman saying that in explaining why it wasn't part of the "upgrade"

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Mr Newman as listened to what people said about Bishops Hill and acted. Why will he not listen about the Northern Bypass.

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    Star Watch

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • We will however be monitoring the situation to see if leaving the junction as it is has a detrimental effect on traffic management. SO do we therefore also assume that if the installation of traffic lights as a part of the Throttle Ipswich scheme is also detrimental then the council will review their installation . . . thought not.

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    dale craven

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • IpswichSpy, there is nothing stopping one council paying for something and leasing it out or delegating responsibility to the other. A bus station in the 21st century without a toilet? really? They could have at least had toilets you had to pay to use, that would be a step in the right direction... i am sure complaints would open them up to the public for free.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • "Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for transport said: “We wanted to hear what people thought about these proposals which is why we launched three consultations". No he DIDN'T want to hear what people thought, because he KNEW what the response would be. That's why the initial plans for Bishop's Hill were kept secret, with subsequent furore when they leaked out. Newman was forced into launching the consultations. Sadly I suspect the lesson he's taken away from this is not "listen to the people who know their town", but "keep things even quieter wherever possible".

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    beerlover

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • No wonder Ipswich borough council has inflation busting rises in council tax every year. I'm sure if it was their own money they wouldn't be throwing it away. How much of those efficiency savings that have been made have been passed on to residents? None - just more splurging. Disgraceful

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    IpswichResident

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Why dont the council put the lights up all around there offices then they can see how stupid they are when they are late for the coffe machine and the cakes are stale due to the lights failing.

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    Mr cynical

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Argyle street Woodbridge road lights is an even more stupid idea than Bishops Hill ones . Why Stop the flow of traffic going out of town ? Why Why Why , still haven't heard an answer to what benefit it will be to anyone apart from Council workers and the traffic light manufacturer

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Let's hope they also see sense over the crazy proposal to change the mini roundabout Nacton RoadLandseer Road to a traffic light junction. It works- leave it alone!

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    DSealy

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Still going ahead with Argyle Street and not a total success with Nacton Road ones as they will be "monitoring the situation"!!They will never rest until they get rid of their job lot of traffic lights!

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    Mary Mary

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I'm sure Graham Newman would have had to declare an interest if he had shares in a Traffic Light manufacturing supplier or was a director of such a company. Thus I am totally bemused as to what his obsession with Traffic Lights actually is?

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    england1770

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • So Mr Newman now considers it important to listen to the views of the public does he? It's a great pity he didn't do that when he introduced all the other ridiculous proposals of his such as the Civic Drive farce that have made this town a laughing stock and a complete nightmare to drive around!! Not only did he and his cronies not listen to the public they also refused to take any notice of what the professional drivers, i.e the taxi & Bus drivers, said about those proposals either. Of course the more cynical among us might think that the reason he's 'listened' this time is because we have local elections looming in May so I suggest before anyone starts celebrating the 'scrapping' of this ludicrous scheme, you had instead better brace yourselves for the inevitable U-turn which will occur after the elections have taken place!

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    planeman

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • We will however be monitoring the situation to see if leaving the junction as it is has a detrimental effect on traffic management. SO do we therefore also assume that if the installation of traffic lights as a part of the Throttle Ipswich scheme is also detrimental then the council will review their installation . . . thought not.

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    dale craven

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Did the Council buy a job lot of traffic lights? Thought they would have learnt their lesson (some hope!) after the complete waste of time putting traffic lights to replace a perfectly functional round about at the bottom of Civic Drive. One minute the Council are pleading poverty the next they are looking for anything to spend money on....How about improving the town centre, compared to Norwich and Cambridge it is an absolute disgrace!!! Get this sorted if you want to attract people to the town!

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    Peter Achandunie

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Good news, well on the face of it yes. But I guess now if someone complains about the queues in Ipswich they will be told by SCC “what did you expect, we had a solution and you told us not to do it” I fear its a no win situation for Ipswich whilst SCC are involved.

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    mmm

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • We will however be monitoring the situation to see if leaving the junction as it is has a detrimental effect on traffic management. SO do we therefore also assume that if the installation of traffic lights as a part of the Throttle Ipswich scheme is also detrimental then the council will review their installation . . . thought not.

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    dale craven

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I live in ramsgate drive, it was always going to be a nightmare putting yet more lights between me and the town centre, I think there is 9 sets between me and the Novotel roundabout...... Absolutey absurd proposal on all counts.....

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    Andrew Butcher

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • And lights at Argyle Street Woodbridge Road? No thanks!

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    DSealy

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

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