Ipswich: Plans for syncing traffic lights across town move step closer as latest phase of Travel ipswich programme gets underway

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
3:28 PM

Motorists in Ipswich should find it easier to get around the town centre over the next month as the latest phase of the Travel Ipswich programme is introduced.

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The Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) system, which will link up traffic lights in a bid to keep vehicles flowing, is due to be switched on within the next month.

It is not expected to see the end of congestion – but should help ease traffic flow around the town.

Meanwhile, work should soon start on the transformation of Queen Street – and an artist’s impression has now been published showing how that should look when work is completed at the end of the year.

The wires linking the traffic lights have been installed over the last few months and the system is due to be turned on over the next month.

Engineers will then have to spend some time adjusting the system to ensure it is as efficient as possible in keeping the traffic moving.

Among the areas expected to benefit from the new system are the roads around the docks, including Star Lane and Fore Street, where tailbacks are a regular occurrence every day between 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

The new UTMC system should also help traffic using the new junction between Civic Drive and Princes Street – and that heading over Stoke Bridge towards Wherstead Road or Burrell Road.

Officials at the county council are anxious not to raise expectations too high about the likely impact of the introduction of the new technology – but they are hopeful that it will help improve traffic flow around the town.

Paving work at Queen Street is due to start in the summer. It will not be fully pedestrianised and vehicles will still be able to use the road, but it will be narrower and motorists will be expected to share the road with pedestrians and cyclists.

The junction with Falcon Street and St Nicholas’ Street will also be paved and the traffic lights will be removed in a bid to encourage people to use the paved route from Giles Circus to St Peter’s Church to walk from the town centre to the Waterfront.

The work at Queen Street is due to be finished later in the year. It is hoped the new-look road will be completed by the Christmas period to allow festive markets to take place in the area.

18 comments

  • The flaw in the Giles Circus to Waterfront plan quite clearly is St Nicholas Street isn't straight ahead from Queen Street... it might appear so on Google Maps... but its not. Its going to have to be diagonal which is going to look plain silly.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • @BigDaddy item 1 of your concerns is being addressed in that by removing some of these roundabouts and replacing with infrastructure that better supports walking and cycling assists with the aim of reducing the need to travel by car. This will help address the issue, although a lot of work has to be done as people need to be educated as to why this option is the best. Otherwise, I agree

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    ipswichLAD

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • "...but it will be narrower and motorists will be expected to share the road with pedestrians and cyclists" They said the same of the London rd Handford rd Cullingham rd junction. In reality the traffic travels at 30+mph and this integration never happened nor was it monitored and policed.

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    Sarky Sage

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • As below- roundabouts may be better for cars at that particular junction but the uninterrupted flow of traffic does not allow space for people to use other modes of transport and is on many occasions not the best way of managing overall traffic flow across a larger urban area. Ipswich traffic is much better than most UK towns(as usual this paper trolls up the pitchfork mob) and the cause of any problems that do exist could be cheaply and easily fixed by people making better choices the council has a duty to make alternatives to the car at least possible.

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    IanW

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Most of these comments are pretty sound. However, I do see the thinking behind replacing roundabouts with lights - it means the traffic is controllable and areas where vehicles never get much of a chance to move because of the way the road priorities work should now start to move better. There are two problems however: 1.The sheer number of vehicles on our roads - nobody is brave enough to address this but it is the elephant in the room.2. The council are in charge so even if the system does help it is unlikely to justify the sum of money spent - they still have a free bus service (No.38) running round town linking County Hall and Endeavour House and they moved out of County Hall 11 years ago....

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    Big Daddy

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Still flabbergasted by the fact they spent £24m on those traffic lights, would have been better off buying Andy Carroll, at least he has some use.

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • syncing traffic lights - we're drowning in the bloody things

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    Mike Hunt

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • @ Rory Breaker. Well said. I couldn't agree more.

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    David White

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • A statement that sums it all up.We don't want to raise expectations too high and we are hopeful traffic flow will improve. Throwing money at a project and hoping it works is something anybody could do surely it was all computer modelled before hand and they were certain it would work otherwise why would you start the work. I hope it does work and the council receive the accolades. If it doesn't work or is worse then we the taxpayer expect somebody to be accountable.

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    royg

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • @RoryBreaker - it is true that a lot pf people do not want to walk or cycle and prefer to use their cars. Hence the importance of publicising the benefits of cycling and improving the local infrastructure to support these options. This encourages more people to take up walking and cycling. People are far too lazy nowadays, and need to realise that driving cars for distances less than 3 miles is not sustainable. Not to mention if more people chose this option the roads would be significantly clearer and society generally healthier. Traffic lights are not ideal in some situations, but roundabouts are not pedestrian or cyclist friendly.

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    ipswichLAD

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Traffic lights are such a socialist way of controlling movement. They tell you when to go where to go and if you dont follow the rules you get fined! Why cant we have roundabouts, where we collectively make decisions and integrate in a safe manor. Traffic would continue to flow, they wouldnt need to be monitored and they save lots of "public" money. Local council are public serving not self serving, those making decisions are NOT listening to the modern democracy we are supposed to live in. Despite efforts, not everyone wants to cycle or use public transport. We buy cars to use them! Stop attemting to restrict our movements. This is bordering on communist socialism, and needs to stop. Spain removed traffic lights as they didnt work so why does this countrytown still invest in a failing model? Wake up and start listening to your electorate.

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    Rory Breaker

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I reckon the only person who seriously believes this mess will make Ipswich flow better is Graham Newman. Or at least, he SAYS it will, but it seems to be designed to make the town flow worse and help destroy it, which is what Suffolk County Council most want. Frankly, even if a traffic lights system COULD make the town flow better, I wouldn't trust Suffolk CC to be competent to configure it right.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • It's just a big waste of money. Get the pot holes sorted with the cash. Money spent better. Remember "Traffic Lights" stop traffic. Roundabounts make the traffic flow. So what do they do? They are getting rid of roundabouts. Haven't got a clue!!!!!!

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    Ipswich Man

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Travel what? Ipswich? Never heard of it... Was this some scheme from the 1980s? haha. What took them so long?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • amsterdam81 - this was always mooted as a plan which would benefit and prepare ipswich for the future and the good thing about that is that you could never prove what would have happened if you had left it alone (apart from the financial saving)

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    dale craven

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Not sure why they are telling us now if they don't want to raise expectations too high. Perhaps the warning is because they expect things to gat worse in the short term then can claim an improvement later when things return to normal.

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    amsterdam81

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Still no time to mention the 'false time of your next bus' or 'the real time of your held up bus' is no long overdue and been scrapped... sorry for any problems that may have caused you.. not!

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    Neil Nield

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Millions of pounds spent and the council are only hopeful of improvement. Scandalous

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    returning fan

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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