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Ipswich: Town still open... despite traffic challenge

10:00 14 February 2013

Civic Drive road works

Civic Drive road works

Archant

The town is still open for business despite the roadworks, which are making driving around the central area a greater challenge than normal.

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That was the message today as a combination of roadworks has brought further frustration to motorists heading to the town.

One reader on The Star’s website commented: “More pointless works for such a waste of taxpayers’ money.”

However Ipswich Central and the borough council claim they are working together to try to continue to encourage people to visit the town – and the borough’s car parks are still offering parking for £1 an hour during the day to attract shoppers away from rival centres like Colchester, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds.

While the new shape of the Civic Drive/Princes Street junction is rapidly becoming clear, roadworks in the streets around the Waterfront and the Old Cattle Market bus station are adding to problems faced by motorists.

However these works should not take as long as the major junction remodelling – and once completed should enable traffic to flow better.

And one section of roadworks not associated with the Travel Ipswich programme is due to come to an end soon with the completion of the construction work on the new Premier Inn on Ipswich Waterfront.

Most of the work around the Waterfront is due to be completed by Easter and the Civic Drive/Princes Street junction should be finished by the end of April.

The work in Falcon Street should also be nearing completion by the end of March. Once that work is completed, they will start rebuilding the Tower Ramparts bus station on the other side of the town centre.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “All planned Travel Ipswich roadworks are co-ordinated to minimise disruption.

“We are constantly monitoring the flow of traffic and helping it move by keeping traffic management measures to a minimum and working to avoid over runs.

“There will inevitably be some disruption during this time however the end result of this £21million programme will be smoother traffic flows and cleaner air, modernised bus stations and live passenger information and better looking streets and public spaces.”

n Will the new road network attract more visitors? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email starletters@archant.co.uk

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11 comments

  • Please stop and put the roundabout back at the bottom of Civic Drive - there was never a problem with traffic flow there!! There will be once complete!!

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    FredFlintstone

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Another article defending the indefensible. The bottom line is that local residents are poorly supported by the current traffic planners - with the worst example being the £21m gentrification project, which ignores the main traffic blackspots and seems to focus on areas that do not have huge traffic problems. In these austere times it is nothing short of a disgrace to see the amount of money being poured into universally unwanted roadworks.

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    Edward Kay

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Who is this nameless SCC spokesperson? Do they not understand that vehicles that keep stopping and starting are inefficient, use more fuel and cause more polution, so how can the town become cleaner. Also who is paying for running and maintainance of all the new traffic lights, we are the tax payer. Who redesigned the footway at the bottom of Grimwade Street? It is too tight for the lorries going to the docks, just look at the tyre marks on the footway. £21m of tax payers money to keep the motorist out of Ipswich !!! Nee one say more.

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    George Ipswich

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • The £1 an hour car parks are a long walk from town. Very annoying and that's why I don't go into town any more. The handy car parks like buttermarket, cox lane and tacket street are all expensive and don't accept cards or notes. Who walks around with a pocket full of pound coins any more?

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    TrollFace

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Just try getting home in the 'rush' hour! Gridlock!

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    another day in the mad house

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • ....and I notice that the Rushmere Road Colchester Road junction out of town has been narrowed...errrrr why?

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    IG

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • I hear a rumour that IBC are going start guided tours of all the empty shops in town. Last one to leave please put the lights out!

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    Michael Ager

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • I'm not defending what is being done but are people aware of the www.travelipswich.co.uk website where all the roadworks are explained along with the Urban Traffic Management Control system that is to syncronise all the traffic lights? Also are people aware the following junctions are to be made traffic light controlled? Valley Road with Norwich Road, Woodbridge Road with Argyle Street, and Felixstowe Road with Nacton Road.

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    On Two Wheels

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • The best way to encourage people to visit the town would be to have shops that are actually open and selling things people want to buy, empty units, pound shops and mobile phones shops are hardly going to make people flock here, even if the new road layouts are as good as promised people do not visit towns because of the roads!!

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    MZH

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Everyone can see what you are saying FredFlintsone: but free flowing traffic has always been the enemy of those who make the decisons in Ipswich. Why would they install round abouts and subways, when they could add more traffic lights to stop traffic, and discourage people from driving into the town? I would bet my mortgage that the roads will also end up narrorer than they were after all the road works begun, another way to cause traffic comgestion.

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    england1770

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • complete and utter waste of money...

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    Chris Ward

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

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