October 22 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, November 28, 2013
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.
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.”