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Ipswich: Retailers set for “The best Christmas present possible” as town set for cone-free festive season

18:26 12 November 2013

The Tower Ramparts bus station is nearly complete.

The Tower Ramparts bus station is nearly complete.

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Ipswich should have a festive season free of roadworks, it was confirmed today – a move greeted by traders as “the best Christmas present possible.”

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Work on the last major Travel Ipswich projects of 2013 will be completed by the end of the working day on Friday.

The Tower Ramparts bus station will reopen at the start of services on Saturday morning, and at the same time Museum Street and Princes Street will reopen to traffic.

The junction between Warwick Road and St Helen’s Street will be fully reopen on Saturday as well.

The move was welcomed by Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement who said shoppers had found the last few months very trying.

He said: “This is the best bit of news Ipswich town centre has received for some time. I am delighted the county has been able to deliver on its promise to get the work done and businesses can look forward to a reasonably clear Christmas period.”

Dan le Sauvage, proprietor of Urban Vintage in Queen Street, welcomed the move.

He said: “It is brilliant that the roadworks will be suspended over Christmas. A cone-free Christmas combined with free park and ride on Thursday evenings provides a clear message that Ipswich is open for business and offers a great choice of independent retailers.”

The end of the works should see the streets of the town clear of roadworks over the Christmas period – although officials at the county council warn there could still be some disruption if emergency repairs are needed, for instance by Anglian Water if a water main is damaged.

When work resumes in the new year, there will be resurfacing at the Derby Road/Foxhall Road junction and there will be further consultation on controversial proposals to introduce traffic lights at the Nacton Road/Bishop’s Hill junction and at the Norwich Road/Chevallier Street junction.

The number of passengers using Ipswich Buses has fallen during the closure of the town’s two bus stations over the last six months, but managing director Malcolm Robson is hoping to win them back with special offers to mark the return of a more normal service.

There are smart card offers of 10 journeys for £10 and a £10 weekly ticket – and return tickets are being introduced for the first time ever.

Mr Robson also pointed out that there have been no fare increases on services since 2009: “We have lost some passengers since the bus station was closed, I think that was because people were not sure where their buses were going and where they should catch them from.

“But evidence from other parts of the country suggests that once things return to normal, the passengers should return.”

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16 comments

  • First close the Bus stations then the main roads cause mayhem and anger, now you celebrate the same roads and bus station opening and say it`s going to regenerate the town for Xmas. Whats new, whats changed, will it make a difference of course not. Spot the difference a few new slabs and shelters, will the electric timetable work No will there be new shops No will the council spend 23 Million on the above Yes. Another milestone in the saga of the dump called our town centre.

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    a west

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • Any news on the new Morrison's store looks like all work has stopped.

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    Frank Pike

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • So, they have put new bus shelters in but have the same red painted metal bars to sit your bum on?! These get cold as the temperature gets cold... and thats generally when outside (i.e. where the bus shelters are). Whats wrong with something a little more comfortable? So its the car again... Ipswich Star please push for details on a) how much the bus company lost due to the bus station being closed and b) how much boost taxi companies have had in the same period. Be interesting if the amount of bus users increase back to the same figures or will bus fares lower in the new year?!

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • Fantastic news, we can then get out of town much quicker to other places that have decent shops!

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    how'd the town do

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • interesting how the TravelIpswich logo does not feature a car . . . accidental of course

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    dale craven

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • I agree, the new bus station doesn't look much better than before. They had a chance to make something stylish which would put Ipswich in a better light. My favourite choice for the market would be the Corn Exchange, Failing that how about LLoyds Avenue. While on about the new traffic system, why on earth is there a lane in Argyle Street for traffic turning into St Helens Street which is often empty while the bulk of the traffic queue up in the other one. This Council are totally against flowing traffic and have spent millions achieving their aim of stopping it. Berners St. is another example there are parking places for about 6 cars which totally snarl up the road. It's just takes a bit of common sense , something they don't have.

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    m01

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • With the bus stops temporarily resited you do have to ask is there actually any purpose in both if not either bus station even existing? Perhaps Tower Ramparts bus station could have been converted to covered market area finding a location for that leaving the Cornhill to become an open space with tables, chairs and fountains as per the council's proposals.

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    dale craven

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • colin: The old one was to crammed! If you go into town and see it for yourself you will see its bigger! Another typical victor Meldrew moaner!

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

  • All we need now are some descent shops

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • m01: What are you on? Tower ramparts looks much better if you dont see the improvements then you haven't been into ipswich before the work started on tower ramparts! 1 thing it is bigger and better shelters!

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • But nobody will be able to get into town anyway because of all the congestion caused by the Prevent Travel Ipswich scheme.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • You don't travel in a car in Ipswich you stay still. Did I not spot the heated seats in the new bus shelters, exactly shelters. They could have been a completely covered area.

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    m01

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • Oh... and can someone please look at ... a) London Road double junction... cars are queuing in the middle of the junctions which is becoming really dangerous now, they seem to have timing problems, the Handford Road lights is also pushing back cars to the Yarmouth RoadWest End Road junction, and b) Princes StreetCivic Drive lights... confuses motorists, pedestrian crossings are illegal and lack of road markings in the middle results in many near misses...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • Ipswich Entrepreneur: you obviously havent looked at the picture right they are not metal bars they are plastic seats. And why are there so many moaning minis on here? Moan when the bus station looks old and run down and moan when it looks better and new. Think people just love moaning! I say well done to the council for the improvements to tower ramparts bus station.

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • The paving looks very clean and nice, however how long is it going to be before people start putting chewing gum all over it. The buses will soon be dripping a nice lot of old engine oil all over the place. The area will be back to normal in a few months- won't look any different. Waste if money.

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    colin

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

  • Traffic situation in Ipswich is ridiculous, even without roadworks. It's actually been easier to travel along St Helens Street with the Warwick RoadGrove lane roadworks in place! Don't know what the planners have been thinking for the past few years. Why close Rope Walk? It makes no sense. It's like they're trying to gridlock Ipswich to the point where they get to build this awful northern bypass. Deliberate ploy...?

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    flowerpot

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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