Ipswich: Concerns raised over bus station’s slippery surface after motorcyclist comes off bike

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
10:24 AM

An Ipswich man is recovering from his injuries after falling from a motorbike on a newly-laid road surface.

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Paul Cummings came off his bike at low speed in the Tower Ramparts bus station on Sunday.

The recently reopened station has a new surface which some have said is too slippery.

As Mr Cummings rode away from the Robert Ransome pub through the station his rear wheel spun and the bike slipped from beneath him.

But according to a witness at the scene this wasn’t the first incident since the new surface was laid.

Mr Cummings, who lives in Camden Road, said: “A bus driver told me four other motorbikes had gone over there.

“After they picked my bike up I saw a cyclist come off too.

“In my view it’s got to be addressed quickly before someone on a bike comes out of there and ends up sliding under a bus.”

Mr Cummings spent yesterday off work to recover from bruised ribs and a swollen hand sustained during the incident.

He has also had to have repairs made to his motorbike because of the damage it suffered to bodywork, mirrors and the engine.

Mr Cummings said: “I’ve lost my motorbike and my helmet which is very expensive.

“My motorbike was my main form of transport,” added the 60-year-old, who has been riding motorbikes for over 20 years.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “We’re aware of some issues with the road surface on the bus lanes at Tower Ramparts bus station, and have instructed the contractor responsible to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

“In the meantime we have commissioned signs to warn those using the area and will continue to monitor the situation.”

14 comments

  • waspie's wife having a comment...Having used the new bus station the other day, why oh why do the stands not have the numbers of the buses that we are queuing for prominently displayed. Perhaps they have by now but all you get are letters while the buses have numbers on them. Who on earth thought that was user friendly. Why have so many not got shelter either. The old stand I used did, the new one hasn't. Was it a man who designed this...

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    waspie

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Pandy, have you not seen the mc parking area at the top of Tower St? The road entering the bus station is one way on with big NO ENTRY painted on it when approced from the parking area and Tower St. So riding through the bus station is the correct way to go.

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    On Two Wheels

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I noticed this last week, it's really greasy. I put my foot down on the ground whilst waiting for a bus to move and nearly toppled over.

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    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Take a new picture? Don't be silly! that would involve a star photographer getting off their backside and going out of their nice warm office & into the cold to do their job!!

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    planeman

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Not just that but you used to be able to exit through to Northgate Street. Now pedestrians only. Is the Ipswich Star really protesting at the new bus station by putting a picture of the old one up? Was this motorcyclist exiting the pub after drinking alcohol or does the drink driving laws not apply (as you ride a bike, not drive...)?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “We’re aware of some issues with the road surface on the bus lanes at Tower Ramparts bus station They have admitted liability - take them to court for loss of earnings and repair costs to your bike. If the council are going to waste money they take from our taxes, lets do all we can to get it back!

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    DaveHedgehog

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Alot of the newly installed paving is slippery when wet . You should see the cost of the stuff too . Giles Statue area , bus station , willis building civic drive area ! Council have admitted it appears in the above text that the have instructed the contractors to act , so the motrocyclsit should be able to claim . Ipswich star please bring this to the attention of the others that have fallen foul of our councils contractors .

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • The surface is not as slippery as the council people who make these decisions to waste our hard earned tax money.

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    a west

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Quite right Blue&white, I slipped on the new paving stones before the station was complete, I think the Council need to review the materials used throughout. On Two Wheels - you also are quite right!

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    David White

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • You could have at least used a photo of the new bus station, not a picture of the old one. Or is it impossible to tell the difference.

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    Star Watch

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • It's not just the road surface - in damp weather conditions I have found the new paving at Tower Ramparts to be quite slippery underfoot. What will it be like, once we get a bit of snow and frost this winter?

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    blue&white

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Ipswich Entrepreneur, why do you ask if the motorcyclist had been drinking. Do you ask that of every car accident reported? As I pointed out earlier there is one of the few places remaining to park a motorcycle at the top of Tower Street. The best one at the top of Princes Street disappeared when Gile's Grandma statue was moved. :(

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    On Two Wheels

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Ive noticed the new pathway is now very slippery near to the Willis building - what is the council doing to this town???!!!

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    A Palmer

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • is not the bus station for buses not a short cut for bikers

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    pandy

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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