Ipswich: Work to start on town centre’s ‘missing link’ between main centre and Waterfront as part of Travel Ipswich

Queen Street, Ipswich Queen Street, Ipswich

Paul Geater paul.geater@archant.co.uk
Thursday, November 28, 2013
6:15 PM

Work to improve a “missing link” section of road between the town centre and Waterfront is due to be carried out as part of the Travel Ipswich project next year.

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Queen Street, between Giles Circus and Falcon Street, is part of the natural link between the Waterfront and the historic town centre.

It links in to the top of St Nicholas Street, which along with St Peter’s Street, was paved several years ago.

The county and borough councils are due to hold a series of public consultations about what should happen – and whether the road should be pedestrianised as part of the Travel Ipswich scheme.

St Peter’s Street and St Nicholas Street are not pedestrianised, but the effect of the paving is to slow down traffic and create a “shared space” where pedestrians and vehicles co-exist.

Carole Jones, borough councillor with responsibility for economic development, said there would be clear benefits from paving Queen Street, but a final decision would not be taken until the consultation had been completed.

She said: “We need to know what people and businesses think about pedestrianising the street – but it would look good to extend the paving all the way between the Waterfront and town centre.”

Travel Ipswich is being promoted by the county council. A spokesman for the authority said: “At this stage these are only early proposals to pedestrians Queen Street.

“There will of course be a public consultation and this is planned for early next year. We will work closely with the borough and Ipswich Central to make sure any work compliments changes to the Cornhill area.”

15 comments

  • Oh good! Travel Ipswich! What a treat.

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    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Friday, November 29, 2013

  • The best part of Ipswich the fact you can get to the Corn ExchangeBarclays bank to drop people off, especiialy those in the 14 to 17 age range at events in the evening at the Corn Exchange. I presume it would still be open for "deliveries" just like the main Westgate St etc so you risk life and limb whilst white van man in the shape of G4S tries to kill you in the security vans ? Stupid idea and should be binned like the rest of "Not Travel Ipswich" but it won't. This scheme has now turned Friar St and the part of Princess St past Willis in to a Car Park because of the stupid decision to close Museum St, Elm St from Westbound traffic sending everybody to the lights on Civic Drive. A a standstill now for 20mins to get through, hate to think what the shoppers comming in to the Buttermarket shopping centre must think of Ipswich. Closed for Business I think.

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    The Ginge

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • Do you want a medal? A fayer... wow! you must be soo excited! I'm proud where I come from and born.

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • Do what you want with the crapy town center ,, Got all we need up my end of town now ,, no need to go in town

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    MIGUEL100

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • I'm really fed-up with hearing about the 'Waterfront'. Is there nothing else in Ipswich..............Oh no there isn't is there.

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    oldwhinger

    Friday, November 29, 2013

  • Didn't they just spend a load of money remodelling Giles Circus and made it more difficult for pedestrians in the process by removing the zebra crossing?

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    Pop-pop

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • Always this idiotic obsession with the so-called "waterfront" (what's wrong with the Wet Dock's proper name anyway?)

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    beerlover

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • Beerlover wrote "Always this idiotic obsession with the so-called "waterfront" ". Am I correct in thinking that Archant (the owner of these 'newspapers') has a big chunk of land to sell in one of these link-town-to-waterfront schemes?

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, November 29, 2013

  • Mr Geater, with the rapid development of out of town centres, like the old Ransomes area, 4 new restaurants now opening, have the Planners considered closing the town centre all together, bulldozing and starting again. Perhaps that gives a good chance of getting it right. But there again...........

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    how'd the town do

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • "...a final decision would not be taken until the consultation had been completed." Yeah, right! As with all these projects, the council will proceed regardless of what the people want or whether it will actually be of benefit. Just look at the traffic chaos London RdHandford Rd and Civic DrPrinces St junctions to name but two failed schemes. Ipswich is town with a strong maritime heritage that was centred on its docks. To refer to that area as "The Waterfront" is a yuppie aberration. Ye Gods!

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    Driven Roundabend

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • Come on IBC, don't be coy. No need for a supposed consultation - tell us what the answer is NOW!

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    Erm, Why?

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • Pedestrianising Queen Street wont encourage people to walk down to the waterfront! Its a silly idea. Creating a seating area etc. to rival the cornhill project (is that still going ahead?) is bonkers and doing all this loses car parking spaces for the disabled (I hear they are changing Princes Street to southbound one-way only and removing the parking spaces there too). I have it on good authority that the council will push this plan through regardless of feedback as it fits their north-south axis plans well.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre this weekend, a great event, pity Ipswich cannot match.

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    how'd the town do

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • At least pedestrianisation would mean the traffic lights at the junction from where the picture was taken could be removed. Presumably the northern part of Princes St would change from one-way northbound to one-way southbound, as there would be nowhere for the traffic to go otherwise. Although that would mean the traffic would have to go up Em St and through King St to get to that bit of Princes St.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • Pedestrianise Queen St and Princes St, the parking there is rarely used by the genuinely disabled, more often its people in 4x4's who played the system to get a blue badge for the Granny they haven't actually seen in years. Alternative parking can be built into the design. Whilst those roads have been closed recently its been a much nicer environment. Also while their at it, reduce priority for the traffic cutting across the junction to the bus station. Most of it is not going into the car park but actually going down the next street which is restricted access. Access to the car park behind Willis could be changed to cineworld side. There you go, sorted.

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    IanW

    Friday, November 29, 2013

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