Ipswich: County council aims to ease congestion between A14 and east Ipswich at Nacton

The junction between the A14 and Nacton Road is often congested. The junction between the A14 and Nacton Road is often congested.

Paul Geater paul.geater
Friday, February 21, 2014
5:50 PM

Widened roads and new markings are set to be introduced in an attempt to ease congestion problems between the Nacton junction of the A14 and Felixstowe Road.

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And later this decade the junction is set for a multi-million pound rebuild in an attempt to ease delays faced by drivers.

A meeting between highways officials and businesses at Ransomes Europark was told that the county planned changes to Nacton Road between the A14 junction and the Thrasher roundabout and to Ransomes Way between the Thrasher and Felixstowe Road.

The money for the improvement is being provided as part of the planning deal that allowed Futura Park – the home of the Waitrose and John Lewis store – to be developed.

Entrances to the Thrasher roundabout are to be widened and extra lanes are to be marked on Ransomes Way.

The county council is not able to make any changes to the A14 because it is owned and managed by the Highways Agency.

The meeting was called by businesses based at Ransomes Europark who have been getting increasingly concerned about the delays at the Nacton junction with the A14.

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, said: “Businesses across Suffolk do welcome the intention to correct what is becoming more and more of a problem in our county.

“Firms have been leading the campaign and the call for new investment that is needed if the issues around Junction 57 of the A14 are to be seriously addressed.

“If they are not, the day to day operation of Suffolk plc will continue to be effected and businesses will suffer.

“It is important as these proposals move forward in 2014 that all groups come together and work together to ensure final designs are approved and then implemented without further delay.”

Suffolk county council with responsibility for transport Graham Newman said the amount of money available for the work had still not been fixed.

Work would start on the section of Nacton Road between the A14 and the Thrasher roundabout – and if more money was available it would be extended to Ransomes Way.

He said: “We hope that this work will help to ease the situation but ultimately the whole junction with the A14 will need to be rebuilt and that is a very big job indeed.”

There also needed to be talks with the owners of Ransomes Europark to improve its access, he added.

10 comments

  • Oh joy, more SCC and G Newman "improvements" to traffic flow in Ipswich. Expect queues.! And I love the confidence, “We hope that this work will help" Why just hope, why not spend the money on something they can be confident WILL help..

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    mmm

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • The easiest solution is to limit all traffic to commercial from that A14 junction with ANPR cameras to enforce that restricted zone. That is A14 to and from the Thrasher roundabout. All other traffic would need to get off the next junction and go up Felixstowe Road. The flaw to this "best" solution is the restaurants recently built, Futura Park, Ravenswood estate etc. needs access. A new A14 junction directly to Ransomes is going to be too expensive and hard to achieve geographically.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • To suggest that nothing can be done about the A14 junction because SCC don't "own" it is the negative response that you would expect from SCC. Has anyone considered if any improvement to the junction is possible? If it is then talking to the highway authority would seem to be a reasonable thing to do.

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • extra lanes [ where is the room?]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • "County council aims to ease congestion between A14 and east Ipswich at Nacton" Haha haha haha Yeah right!!!

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    england1770

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • The bottom end of Nacton Road could have easily been widened for an extra lane northbound, but IBC has and is continuing to, selllease land (for employment uses) on the ever decreasing Ravenswood Park - at the current home to new restaurants of harvester, tobys, frankie and bennys and chiquito. The roads couldn't cope with Ransomes... yet it was decided to allow 4 restaurants, the start of many more developments, to be built on close by land. I assume the flawed council logic was using these restaurants (or more so their car parks) to remove cars off the roads during busy periods such as rush hour? Probably will get offices popping up there soon. Its also best to note that there is undeveloped land still for sale on Ransomes so the industrial business park is by no means running at capacity yet. There really is no way of improving (traffic flow) that area... magic road markings will just result in experiences such as at London Road eastbound just before Yarmouth Road junction next to Sainsburys fuel station... lanes have been remodeled but it doesn't work. The roads around that way are used by a lot of lorries and other commercial vehicles so unrealistic lanes wont improve flow, the roundabouts (no lights please) is the bottleneck in regards to road widening... yes, if room is found you can easily allow another 2-9 vehicles to queue alongside other traffic, but the added complications of negotiating the roundabouts will slow traffic movements. The other "solution" is traffic lights... but this will just make it even worse... especially heading towards the A14 as the other direction would be given priority. Save the money.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • how this area has changed from the 50s 60s 70s 80s.very unfair to the residents who live there.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • “If they are not, the day to day operation of Suffolk plc will continue to be effected". So that's good news then. Or does someone not know the difference between "effected" and "affected"?

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    beerlover

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Close the Thrasher entrance to Ransome euro park ,and make an entrance off of the A14 and exit via the roundabout at the hotel this would the euro park traffic off the Thrasher roundabout , plus make Ransome way from The Thrasher to Felixstowe Rd roundabout into two lanes each side of the road , also move those stupid traffic lights at the waitrose roundabout

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I can see how they are going to do it it's obvious.... The traffic lights theybpurchased for Norwich road, Valley road & the bishops hill detriments will now be installed there ( at extra cost for the lights of course) ATTEMPT paul geater is an understatement to say the least.

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    Mr cynical

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

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