Poll: Cash from site of John Lewis could be used to improve notorious A14 junction

Futura Park in Ransomes Way is one of Ipswich's biggest success stories of recent years Futura Park in Ransomes Way is one of Ipswich's biggest success stories of recent years

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
2:45 PM

Crunch talks will take place today to find a solution to traffic problems at one of the most notorious junctions on the edge of Ipswich.

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The Nacton junction on the A14 has become increasingly busy following the development of the Ransomes Europark industrial estate and Ravenswood housing development.

Extra traffic heading to Futura Park and the likes of Waitrose/John Lewis at home has also added to the congestion.

There are now regular queues at the junction during morning and evening rush hours, and many companies with factories or offices on the business park are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact on their business.

The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has organised a meeting to discuss options this evening at the Ipswich Building Society headquarters on Ransomes Europark.

It will be attended by Suffolk County Councillor with responsibility for roads Graham Newman as well as council officers.

There is money to make road improvements following the development of Futura Park – the site of the new Waitrose and John Lewis store, Ravenswood and Ransomes Europark itself.

However there can be no changes to the A14 junction itself without agreement from the Highways Agency which is responsible for that road.

That is already in discussions with the county council about possible improvements to the road network.

Mr Newman said: “We cannot decide anything about the junction itself without it being a joint project with the Highways Agency.

“However we can look at ways of improving the road between that junction and the Thresher roundabout which is a serious bottleneck.

“We are aware of the concerns of the businesses up there and of the increasing number of people who live in the area and are hoping to come up with improvements.”

He thought the Highways’ Agency’s proposal to introduce a speed limit over the Orwell Bridge between the Nacton and Wherstead junctions would help to ease the pressure on the junction.”

Business people said any attempt to ease congestion in the area was welcome.

One manager of a business in Ransomes Europark said: “The development on the old Crane site with Waitrose and Oak Furniture has caused more traffic going on that road. We are right near the A14 so it’s had less of an effect on us than people further down the road, but during the peak times it’s pretty congested round there. The biggest problems really are probably caused by incidents on the Orwell Bridge.”

He said congestion was particularly bad when the clocks went back in October and the number of accidents on the Orwell Bridge rocketed.

The council, he said, should be giving consideration to how further development at the Ravenswood site will affect the Nacton Road which would become a “key route providing passageway to those business and residential areas”.

20 comments

  • Here we go again. So, can we spin this one to support a Northern Bypass as well ? I'm sure we can, as it would help..

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    mmm

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I avoid that area at all costs, Once I experienced John Lewis, I soon realised that it offers nothing that's worth getting that irate about having to navigate to it brings. Its all about build as much as possible sell it and hope for the best, the infrastructure to Ravenswood is shambolic at best, Grange Farm is the same, no afterthought once the 500 odd houses went up and how to deal with the increased traffic that it brings, not withstanding the fact that most people have two cars these days. I'm all for development, but it needs proper planning as opposed to someone getting overly excited because John Lewis wanted to open up another supermarket, that they just say yes regardless. Watch house prices nose dive around Ravenswood as people who may go and view properties soon realise the drive there is comical at best.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • and what a pointless poll - the story isn't about more v less developmnet, as far as I can tell from your story no one is suggesting more. Are you favour of well paid council planners planning things properly?... or should the money the council has already recieved for road improvements be used for much needed road improvements?...or does anyone at Ipswich CC have any clue what they are doing? as someone said 10mins playing sim city would help these planners greatly. It's not rocket science despite their insistance that it is.

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    bleunos

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Which planet does Mr Newman live on? The proposed speed limit on the Orwell Bridge will tend to reduce the SPEED of the traffic, not the VOLUME.

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    Bob

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • This council never do the most important thing first ( Road Infastructure ) can anybody tell me when was the last time we had any new road's built around Ipswich ( The one leading down to Sainsburys ) Idiot driver's are now using it as a duel carriageway

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    MIGUEL100

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Well firstly they shouldn't have built a massive new estate with only one road inout of it... & then add a massive new retail park to the same area with only one small entranceexit on a tiny roundabout with another small entranceexit onto nacton road that no one will ever use to leave because its impossible to get out of. No doubt they will just take the roundabouts out and put traffic lights in

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    John Smith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Reducing the speed of the traffic on the orwell bridge may actually make things worse around the Nactons interchange at peak periods - it's hardly been travelling fast without the limit in the peaks anyway.

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    Mr Grumpy

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Around 1991, I received a publication from the then council which outlined a selection of 'relief' roads that interconnected the existing links. To my knowledge not one of these has ever been built.In the meantime the amount of new housing a increased.The facts speak for themselves, councils are only interested in collecting taxes not looking those how contribute. Northern bypass anyone?

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    sunwindwave

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • This beggars belief but really says all you need to know about planning in Suffolk. Who'd have guessed that putting a huge retail park next to another huge retailindustrial park and new residential area on a junction that was already struggling would have caused traffic congestion? I'd put in some traffic lights, that should fix it. Or perhaps some more houses and another retail park would sort it out?

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    paul e.

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Reducing the speed of the traffic on the orwell bridge may actually make things worse around the Nactons interchange at peak periods - it's hardly been travelling fast without the limit in the peaks anyway.

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    Mr Grumpy

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Newman you muppet, how is a speed limit over the Orwell Bridge going to help ease the pressure on the Ransomes Europark junction? Man are you for real?

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    David White

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Once again our wonderful planners got everything wrong - the roads round that area have been built piecemeal over the years without much reference to what will come later (although nobody new Cranes would go) . It was siad at the time that this wouldn't work and now we are beginning to see this.

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    Mr Grumpy

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • No Miguel, it's not stupid drivers making it a dual carriageway - it's stupid cheapskate planners building a singlecarriageway road to serve 2 large retail parks, a large industrial estate and a large housing estate - it doesn't take a genius to see that a lane for Ipswich and another for Woodbridge Felixstowe would've made sense! No doubt more traffic lights will be the preferred (cheap) solution. pathetic.

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    bleunos

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Well if Graham Newman is involved it will mean lots of traffic lights and any other measures to make it much worse so that people don't want to visit Ipswich. SCC under Newman has already made the town centre a no-go for the car driver, now they will have fun to see what they can do to ruin it for the rest of Ipswich.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • This area was a problem spot as soon as the Ravenswood area was added,.. thats about 10 years ago now. Then some Moron comes and plants a new industrial estate between there and the sainsburys roundabout… also been a nightmare for years. As John Smith says.. you can't exit from a junction onto Nacton Road, nobody will stop to let you out. I used to use the service station near there and had the same problem, now its worse. note the term "used too". Sadly I have to come to this end of town because I live on Ravenswood, I so look forward to my journey home at 5pm!

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    You What

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Sounds like proposals for a fire fight rather than start with the root causes. The A14 was built with some truly shocking junctions with no thought for the future. Major junctions like Seven Hills and the Dock spur as well as minor junctions like Nacton Road and the Orwell Crossing were designed on minimum cost rather than being fit for purpose from the outset. Over the years Suffolk has been served by an inadequate bunch of MPs incapable of fighting for sufficient resources for Suffolk. Rather than blame IBC or even SCC pressure needs to be placed on the Highways Authority to provide what should have been delivered when the road was built.

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Can I suggest our planners purchase a copy of Sim City, runs on any PC for about £20. Build an industrial estate next to a housing estate and a main road and within about 10 minutes you will have gridlock - simples !! Seriously guys didn't you THINK to plan for this and contact the highways agency when you approved the new retail park!!

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    soapbox

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Blue sky thinking is what is required here, now let me run it past you move Ipswich and let the buisness and council nurks have the land to build there utopia on. We can live in prefabs near a river somewhere and I am sure we will pay homage to there great ideas, I will never question what they want as they will be right every time without fail. Andy

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    a west

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Can I suggest our planners purchase a copy of Sim City, runs on any PC for about £20. Build an industrial estate next to a housing estate and a main road and within about 10 minutes you will have gridlock - simples !! Seriously guys didn't you THINK to plan for this and contact the highways agency when you approved the new retail park!!

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    soapbox

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Now much as I love to have a go at Suffolk County Council I think we all need to take a deep breath and remember a few things. Ipswich BOROUGH Council fell over themselves to get John Lewis at any cost. As I remember it Suffolk objected to the plan and predicted chaos on the roads. Is this the one time they got it right?

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    Citizen

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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