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Ropes Drive traffic lights to be switched off for good after trial sees traffic halve

08:00 05 January 2016

Roundabout at Ropes Drive West where the traffic light trial has been taking place

Roundabout at Ropes Drive West where the traffic light trial has been taking place

Traffic lights at a busy roundabout in Kesgrave will be switched off for good after a traffic light trial reduced traffic build up by more than half.

The Ropes Drive West traffic lights connecting the Grange Farm estate in Kesgrave to the A1214 is a major junction for the town, as well as providing one of the main routes between Ipswich and Martlesham.

In November, a two week trial switch-off of the traffic lights began following a week of monitoring existing traffic at the junction.

The trial was extended into the New Year after motorists reported a vast improvement in traffic flow, with 90% of participants in our online poll believing traffic was better in the area.

Now in light of the improvements, councillors have announced the switch-off will become permanent – with the hope of work beginning before the summer.

Suffolk county councillor for Kesgrave, Robert Whiting, said: “The trial has proven to be a great success, vastly reducing queuing traffic in the area.

“I look forward to the works being carried out as soon as possible. I’d like to thank everyone who has given their views as part of the trial and to all road users who coped with the changes to the junction extremely well.”

Data from the cameras set up to monitor travel flow revealed that an average 54% reduction in queues was noted – cutting tailbacks by more than half.

A plan of works will now be drawn up by the Highways Agency, with councillors hopeful work can begin before the summer.

The trial, funded by Suffolk county councillors Robert Whiting and Christopher Hudson, and Kesgrave Town Council, follows a similar test in 2008 at the Ropes Drive East roundabout, which prompted the lights to be permanently removed from there.

20 comments

  • Perhaps someone should take a look at the traffic lights in Lowestoft as well. Removing some of them might help improve traffic flows, and the summer grid locks. Build a new third crossing as well and the town could be transformed.

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    Grey Fox

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Well as if traffic wasnt bad enough on Nacton Road. Soon got a set of traffic lights going in at Lindbergh Road junction to "allow the traffic to flow out" of Lindbergh easier. I have news for the councillors who are wasting our money. There isnt an issue here!!! No issue with cars or pedestrians using the traffic island. Looks like someone has too much money.

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    Johnsons

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • Traffic lights on roundabouts only work when everything is sycronised correctly in Sunderland where I live they work well and very little hold ups. I can't believe how poor the lights work in ipswich an absolute disaster especially Yarmouth road and London Road junction. Think the council highways department should review all the lights in ipswich maybe it might actually get the traffic moving again

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    Brenden Ward

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • I'll try again to get posted. "Well done the council for reinventing the purpose of a roundabout"

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • traffic patterns change, when the lights were put in, the junction was struggling to cope with the traffic flow across Main RoadRopes drive and it was causing holdups, the lights regulated that, since then that pattern has changed, maybe more people were driving towards Ropes drive East exit, maybe more traffic flows along Foxhall Road instead of Main Road. so the conditions have changed and the lights because they dont reconfigure to the levels of traffic became a hindrance, maybe all they needed to do was modify the timings. we shall see when traffic levels change again what Kesgrave demands be done about it. however Ive already noted increasingly lack of usage of indicators by cars on that roundabout making their intentions next to impossible to work out and before long there will be an accident because of it.

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    beerbaron

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • Now they've decided the lights were a rubbish idea here, come over to Copdock and sort out that mess as well, only used to queue to get into Ipswich on busy Friday rush hours, now you queue every night, come past at midday, guess what ,there's a queue, from Asda to Colcheser in the mornings, about 6 cars get across, if your car no.6 and a bit slow, you catch every light all the way round the roundabout, what a brilliant system, all that money wasted on changing every junction, then controlling them with traffic lights, what happened to a simple idea of putting filter lanes in so anything that turned left at the roundabout actually drove straight past without queuing up at a traffic light, or if nothing was coming you could just keep driving, Oh sorry that's called a Roundabout.

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    BK

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • just need to sort out the joke that is the Princes StreetCivic Drive junction now...

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    cheekynut

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Now to remove the lights at the bottom of Civic Drive and put the roundabout back - sorry that would be far too sensible!!

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    FredFlintstone

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Junctions worked well before the lights were added. Will anyone be held to account for all the money wasted adding them and now removing them?

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • There is someone somewhere that thinks we are incapable of going about our daily lives without causing chaos. They must believe we need to be governed or instructed at every twist, turn or roundabout. Well, this goes some way to proving otherwise.

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    Fill-a-stein

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Mean while I see new traffic lights have been installed at the roundabout at the Felixstowe RoadRansomes way junction.

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    Tony G

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • There is someone somewhere that thinks we are incapable of going about our daily lives without causing chaos. They must believe we need to be governed or instructed at every twist, turn or roundabout. Well, this goes some way to proving otherwise. HA! ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐

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    Fill-a-stein

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • At Last! Well done Councillors in accepting that removing traffic lights, especially on Round Abouts improves traffic flow. Maybe those County Councillors responsible for the traffic chaos in Ipswich will start removing traffic Lights............................no maybe not eh?

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    england1770

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Simple changes make such a difference .. If only those in charge of roads listen to the public more often...OK Ipswich star time for you to have the same poll for a northern bypass a simple choice The WDC or a Northern bypass ..

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    deeber

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • It's bound to cost a lot and disrupt traffic for a long time. Nothing the council does is cheap and quick. Had they been a commercial enterprise they would have been bankrupt years ago .

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    Transol

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Quelle Surpise. Now, can we get cracking on with turning 50% of the one's in Ipswich town centre off please, starting with Civic drive.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Ropes Drive first connected to Main Road via two roundabouts. SCC decided that lights were needed when they decided that the Kesgrave bypass was not needed and all the developers contributions for it was burning a hole in their pocket. Now they have been shown to be wrong will anyone be held to account for wasting so much money? I doubt it.

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Switch the traffic lights off to improve traffic flow? It'll never catch on - well, not in Ipswich at least.

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    Alice

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Great, common sense has prevailed but there are many other junctions and useless road systems in the county. Why not set up a task force to look at all the other hold ups.? They should consult all road users including cyclists and pedestrians.For example doing something about Panda crossings that stop traffic long after the person who pressed the button has already crossed the road, also switching off traffic lights after 7 pm.

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    easylec

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • I assume the work is going to be two weeks plus of disruptions and problems to remove the traffic lights and do something with the straight on slip road that will cause kaos!

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    Chris Church

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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