DOZENS of paving slabs laid before Christmas as part of a multi-million project to improve travel in Ipswich will have to be replaced – because they are cracking under the weight of traffic.

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Transport bosses admit the bill for replacing the damaged slabs in Princes Street will run into tens of thousands of pounds.

The work had been carried out as part of the Travel Ipswich project, a £21m package of traffic management upgrades due for completion in summer 2014.

A county council spokeswoman blamed the problem on drivers carrying out illegal manoeuvres.

“The aim of Travel Ipswich is to improve the built environment and the look of the town so it is an attractive place to live, work and do business, and a county town we can all be proud of.

“All materials used during road improvements are of a high quality and meet all requirements for this type of scheme. Some of the new paving slabs on Princes Street have been broken by heavy vehicles illegally driving on to the pavement.

“We would urge road users not to make this type of illegal manoeuvre as it both puts pedestrians at risk and damages pavements. As well as repairing the broken slabs we will strengthening the paving to prevent this happening again.”

Meanwhile, Suffolk County Council has been forced to bring in pumps to prevent flooding in the basement of nearby Franciscan House after the subway under the former roundabout was filled in.

Pumps were used because engineers were not able to calculate how much water would be displaced by the work – they always knew that the basement would have to be waterproofed because it had an entrance into the subway which has now been filled in.

There had been fears that the material used to fill in the underpass had damaged the water table – making nearby properties more vulnerable to flooding.

A council spokeswoman denied this, adding: “We have been checking the impact of the works on the water table and have found no evidence that unexpected issues have occurred.

“Due to there being a door in the basement of Franciscan House at subway level, provision for work to waterproof it was included in the original plans and budget.”

7 comments

  • i normally see the post office & security van mount th pavements

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    Mr DJ

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • There does appear to be some dubious decisions made at the Giles Circus, such as the materials used which now appear only after a short period to be scruffy, insufficient in both longevity, appearance (glaringly bright in the sunshine) and safety (people stumbling on the unsighted curbs). I presume ‘Travel Ipswich’ is an internal division set up by Suffolk County Council as the decisions made are typical of an internally inexperienced group of bodies working in the Public sector.

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    David White

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Oh Dear............and no mention of how the "new" traffic lights on Handford road now mean it is almost impossible to get out from Portman Road after 4.30pm, and how it means that traffic now backs up onto the Civic Drive roundabout. If creating a traffic standstill, as well as causing even more reasons not to drive into Ipswich is what the authoritties wanted to achive in this needless waste of money, then congratulations to them, job done!

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    england1770

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Perhaps it might help if the police actually did their job and prosecuted drivers for illegally driving on the pavements instead of totally ignoring the problem. Though the fact that the plods themselves don't seem to think their vehicles are properly parked unless they're on the pavement shows just how much of a damn they give about pedestrians.

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    beerlover

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Stick a camera up there and fine the cracks that are breaking the slabs

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    TrollFace

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • This damage iis no different to other paved areas around the town. Council repairs paving and next day vehicles park over replaced paving with council vehicles amongst the offenders. They have no policy to stop this and we the council tax payer just keep paying.

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    Tolly

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Once the paving slabs have been repaired it would be sensible to have a parking attendant permanently stationed in the area to hopefully prevent vehicles from mounting the pavement but should they do so then fine them for obstruction and if they also caused damage then bill them for the repair.In no time the council will have collected sufficient funds to pay for the repair work needed and the salary of the patrolling officer.

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    Big Spot

    Monday, January 14, 2013

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