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Ipswich: Lunchtime gridlock caused by Fore Street roadworks is “unbelievably annoying”

17:32 04 February 2014

Road closures in Ipswich Tuesday morning lead to traffic backing up on Fore Street back to Bishops Hill.

Road closures in Ipswich Tuesday morning lead to traffic backing up on Fore Street back to Bishops Hill.

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Lunchtime gridlock is reported to have caused major disruption for hundreds of motorists in Ipswich today.

A lane closure in Fore Street, due to some minor roadworks, has backed up traffic in the Bishops Hill and Fore Hamlet areas of town.

One frustrated motorist said: “It was unbelievably annoying. I ground to a halt at the top of Bishops Hill and it took me half an hour to reach my business in the town centre. This wasn’t rush hour – it was lunchtime, when you would expect the traffic to be relatively light.

“The most irritating thing of all was, when I finally got to Fore Street, to see barriers closing off the nearside lane – all for one bloke, sitting in his lorry, apparently blissfully unaware of the chaos behind him!’’

A Suffolk County Council spokesman confirmed that work began yesterday on two-week project updating the pedestrian crossing outside the Lord Nelson pub in Salthouse Street.

Off peak lane closures will be in place between 9.30am and 3.30pm

“These lanes will be reopened in peak times to minimise disruption,” the spokesman added.

12 comments

  • Obviously some bored middle class lunatic who thinks he or she is god by dictating what roads will be closed to road works. Take Hadleigh Road (railway bridge part).... roadworks off and on for around a year. Guess what? They have decided to block a lane again... yet there is absolutely no work being done or machinery stored on the road... Someone thinks its amusing to wind every motorist up with unnecessary traffic lights etc.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • No doubt installing another set of traffic lights as there is a gap of at least 50 yards without a set along there.

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    england1770

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Ipswich the town for buses and bikes. and soon.........no town centre shops wake up council its a mess

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    john

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I now go to Bury st Edmunds or Colchester as there are no hold ups, the cost of parking is a lot lot cheaper and the shops are not empty. In Ipswich the Buttermarket is empty due to high rent by you've guessed it our wonderful council. Then in the main streets of the town centre if you want to buy a phone you're in luck as every other shop which is open sells phones. Now the roads, I can get to Colchester from where I live in Copdock quicker than getting into Ipswich Town centre, not just the road works but every 100m there are traffic lights.On the subject of road works I can't believe the time they are taking along Hadleigh Rd adjacent to Dickens Rd, traffic lights go up for weeks and then disappear and now they are up yet again, can't these people do all the work in one go, or is the Council deliberately doing this to try and force us onto their over priced bus services.

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    badger

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • That's I B C for you ,, Ain't got a clue what their doing ,, Couldn't plan a p..s up in a brewery

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    MIGUEL100

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • It's the stupidity of our local democracy that many of us don't know that it's Suffolk County Council (run by Tories) who 'manage' the roads in Ipswich. I think they hope that the local labour run Ipswich Borough Council will get the blame and people will vote Tory. So next time you're in a traffic jam in Ipswich (most days then) blame the Tories. As a matter of interest do any of the SCC councilors actually live in Ipswich? I'm sure someone will know.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • same old story, once upon a time us motorists had options, if one route was block we could try another, but with all the many road changes and closures over the years; Rope Walk, Back Hamlet, to name but two more recent we can no longer use, those options are gone, and once the route we are all supposed to take is blocked, that's it! We also have the top of Foundation ST totally shut at the moment just so someone can dig a hole in the footpath! Oh, but they need the rest of the road for their van it seems! That means huge queues tonight getting out of the Foundation St NCP and more frustrated people, who will be wondering why they continue to shop or work in Ipswich Town Centre.

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    mmm

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Just add some traffic lights and that should sort the problem!!

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    JC

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Driving in Ipswich is incredibly annoying, period.

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • @MIGUEL100 - it's not the Borough. It's good old Ipswich-hating Suffolk County Council.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Welcome to Ipswich!

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    england1770

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Lets be fair, you should all know it takes the town several attempts to get the roads right. Joking apart was it traffic lights work again? They dug up Derby RdFelixstowe Rd yet again a few days ago.

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    Chris D

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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