Ipswich: New look to improve roads heading into the town

The investment should help ease traffic congestion on the roads into the town centre. The investment should help ease traffic congestion on the roads into the town centre.

Monday, July 7, 2014
12:52 PM

Once the road network around the town centre is completed, attention is set to turn to the roads heading into the heart of Ipswich after a further £1.8 million has been earmarked by the government.

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The new money will improve the radial routes into Ipswich – hopefully speeding up traffic and easing congestion.

Key roads that need improvement are Norwich Road, where rush-hour congestion is a daily fact of life between the Asda roundabout and the Bury Road lights, and London Road where there is frequent congestion – prompting rat-running through the Chantry Estate.

Other routes expected to be improved are Felixstowe Road and Woodbridge Road.

The changes will continue the work of the Travel Ipswich programme which has led to significant changes in the town centre.

That still has to be completed, and full computer control still has to be introduced.

The work in Ipswich is part of a £20 million a pot of cash already provisionally planned for 2016 onwards, which has been announced alongside £60 million for 2015 secured by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

The next phase of work on the roads of Ipswich is expected to start in two years’ time – and was welcomed by the town’s MP Ben Gummer.

He said: “This is magnificent news for the region as a whole and especially for Ipswich which will see some major improvements in its roads network.

“We have actually got more than we initially asked for, and the road improvements into Ipswich should improve the town enormously,” he said.

While Ipswich was celebrating, there was disappointment for residents living beside the A12 in east Suffolk with no mention of funding for a by-pass for the four villages between Wickham Market and Saxmundham.

The road is seen as vital for the economy of the Waveney area – and for the whole of east Suffolk which is seen as the “Green Energy” hub of the 21st century.

The New Anglia LEP is expected to work with local authorities and energy giant EDF to ensure that a new by-pass is included in plans for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell.

25 comments

  • Money to spend lucky old Ipswich, so that's more cycle and bus lanes, loads more traffic lights and "computer control" - LMFAO

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    john

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • waspie - both sets of lights in Norwich Road which you refer to are pedestrian crossings. They are not phased together, they activate on demand

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    ipswichLAD

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Their needs to be a cycle lane around the one way system as everyday I'm fighting for road space with cars as theirs no proper cycle lane, it stops outside briar bank, which is no good if your going towards cardinal park.

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    james

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • When did SCC take over the roads from IBC as i have been to several meetings in the past where IBC were definitely responsible and hence my knowledge of what they are still pushing ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Norfolk & Suffolk LEP delivering an equal partnership for the region ?? Ipswich gets £1.8m for its congested road, and nothing for an A14 Northern bypass. Meanwhile the LEP secures £65m towards the Norwich Northern Distributor Road. Overall Norwich will benefit from £250m (LEP supported funds) for the A11 & A47 upgrades.

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    Mark Ling

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • This money is only there if Labour don't get, to be honest what needs to happen is a big improvement on IB and First Buses, then we need to link 'normal traffic lights' and pedestrian crossings, they also need to scrap filter lights in some areas to one light to go both ways rather than one first, then the other follows after 10 mins.

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    Neil Nield

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • @IMP - lay the blame at the door of SCC by all means but be clear about facts - there WAS a PUBLIC consultation and Ipswich Borough Council had the opportunity to have their say. I got the impression they were also part of the bidding team to get the money, at that time they WERE responsible for the roads in the town (SCC paid them to be). As for cyclists - London Road...what is that all about? - the bus lane coming into town is marked as a bustaxicycle lane and on top of that the pavement (which is wide enough to be an extra traffic lane) is also marked as a cycle lane. How many cyclists are we expecting? Is the tour de France popping through this way soon? Let me know if they are, I'm booking a holiday.

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    Citizen

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • new roads I rather a roundabout that just sends you out of Ipswich its a $%^ hole. nothing but crime

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    Lee mundy

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Just a point for those of you who appear to be blaming IBC for the traffic fiasco on Ipswich roads. The blame actually lies totally with Suffolk County Council as they are the highways authority and have imposed all of the so called traffic improvement measures on the people of Ipswich with out any consultation. They are quite happy to allow IBC to shoulder the blame as part of the petty and childish spat that seems to be going on between 2 authorities with opposing views. The sooner Ipswich gains unitary authority status the better. At least that way the Council and people of Ipswich will have a say in what happens on our roads. On another point you all seem to be taking the side of motorists. What about cyclists? Having been knocked off my bike by a motorist driving in the clearly marked cycle lane I think this also needs to be dealt with and Cars and cycles need to be totally separated on the roads. Yes I agree that there are a number of stupid cyclists out there on the roads but unfortunately my experience is that the majority of stupidity and ignorance seems to come from car drivers hell bent on intimidating cyclists at every opportunity.

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    IMP

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Agree with the comments on yellow boxes, and they are totally ignored and clearly not monitored. Ipswich should take a leaf out of the London authorities on this one, they see it as a great cash cow. I was driving in London suburbs recently across one of the biggest yellow boxes in the world. It looked all clear when I started my epic journey across the yellow 'cash box', but I didn't quite make it, traffic stopped with my back wheels just inside the box. A few days later a fixed penalty notice dropped through my letterbox, its all done with number plate recognition, but you wouldn't want to be caught many times.

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    how'd the town do

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • There is absolutely no point in rules of the road in Ipswich because they have no one to enforce them. Cars and vans happily drive up Fore St despite it being a control zone. I counted 52 in 10 minutes!! Agree yellow boxes are a waste of space as no one understands them.. and if you stand in Upper Brook St it seem hardly any drivers realise they are not allowed to use it unless they are disabled. Traffic lights cause even more delays and all in all it should be turned the Ipswich road network would make a good documentary on how to fail in traffic management. As for buses to get from one side of town to the other requires two tickets because there is no integrated ticketing. Its a farce..Do not walk on the paths either because you risk being killed by a bike After dark these unlit machines appear everywhere..

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    Barnacle

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • New Look to improve roads, I thought they only done clothes...

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    richard

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Teleporters, that's what we need. Where's Scotty when you need him?

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    Citizen

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Jayne, spot on, closing back hamlet has been a monumental disaster, culminating in awful tailbacks into grove lane, felixstowe road. Not only is there a large amount of people from that side of town trying to get in, you have to add all the Grange FarmMartlesham residents adding to the misery. It should be re-opened immediately if anyone at Travel Ipswich has any common sense. This new traffic system has been an unmitigated disaster in every facet. Heads should roll.

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    Tedbundy

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Moved out of Ipswich because it is now awful. I don't even go into the town centre anymore unless I absolutely have to. The roads are a total dog's breakfast and the parking costs are bonkers.

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    Lady GaGa

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Why don't they just put a glass dome over Ipswich and declare it a traffic free zone within the glass walls? No traffic will get in and out of Ipswich then.

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    Andrew Berry

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Unless enforced, yellow boxes are a waste of money. There has been a yellow box at the junction of Bond St and St Helen's St for many years which is totally ignored by motorists. Add to this the fact that the traffic lights only let three cars out of Bond St at a time which is why traffic tails back to Waterworks St and beyond during peak times.

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    Brian Ball

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Please lord do not give these Muppets at the council or the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership any funds, as they couldn't organise a proverbial in a brewery.

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    Tedbundy

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • By the time money is started to be spent fixinf problems mostly caused by the recent traffic light revolution it will be too late for the town. I know many people who no longer shop and socialise in the centre of Ipswich as it is so inconvenient to reach.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • The Back hamlet being closed making it better is such a stupid thing to say . Pushing more traffic onto the already congested Grove lane and St Helens street cannot make things better ! Nobody takes any notice of yellow box junctions anymore either , so that would hardly help , but then it might if it was enforced ?? You cannot improve the road access into Ipswich on the same roads that have been there for decades , you need new roads and that is impossible . So save the money and do something useful with it that will make a difference in the town . The priority for IBC has always been pedestrian and cycle movement around the town and safety of those too . Car drivers are not encouraged at all , hence they go elsewhere , if possible . Those that have to go into town by car , very few if they are honest about it, will just have to put up with it !

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Those of us living in east Ipswich were told closing Back Hamlet to down traffic and Rope Walk to any traffic would improve the flow of traffic. It did not and a journey that used to take 15 minutes can now take 45 minutes. I have to use a car as there is often no public transport to the different places I work and it is too far to bike. Three years ago I was told that when the alterations were made to the Grove Lane junction there would be a yellow box to stop the traffic traveling down Spring Road into town blocking those who want to drive up Warwick road or right into Spring road. After weeks of disruption when this junction reopened there was no yellow box. The other day the lights changed 11 times before I was able to turn left at the bottom of Grove Lane. Be very afraid those people who are told that the road improvements will make things better. If you live on the east side of Ipswich you know it doesn't get better just 100 times worse. WHERE IS THE YELLOW BOX WE WERE PROMISED AT THE GROVE LANE JUNCTION?

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    Jayne

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • This investment is long overdue especially considering the millions the government have taken from motorists in taxes over the years. No one wants to travel by public transport using overcrowded, cold (in the winter), hot (in the summer), buses surrounded by foul mouthed and badly behaved youths, and people with personal hygiene issues. Plan for the reality that the public love their cars and want to use them.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Oh dear! Let's spend a bucketful of money on the roads, so our dependence on the car continues. :-(

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    Alice

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • I drove into town via Norwich Road for the first time the other day and came across the crossing that has appeared at the bottom of Geneva Road. Is it connected phase wise with the crossing only 50 yards away near Coes...??

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    waspie

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Wish they had spent the money better improving the bottom of spring road , a yellow box would have been better, I feel that this junction is a accident waiting to happen and some one will get badly hurt there.

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    Da Monk

    Monday, July 7, 2014

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