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Traffic still crucial at northern fringe

14:20 27 February 2013

Land earmarked for the Northern Fringe development.

Land earmarked for the Northern Fringe development.

HOW on earth can 3,500 new homes be built on the northern fringe of Ipswich without bringing the whole area to a standstill because of increased traffic?

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That is the question that members of the county’s cabinet are going to have to grapple with today as they discuss the borough’s blueprint for the major new development.

There are concerns, I know, from people living near the northern fringe about the impact such a major development will have on the character of the area.

While I understand that, I also accept that eventually development of the area is inevitable – and if that is the case then it needs to be very carefully planned.

And the fact is that so far there are very few details about how the road infrastructure of the area will be adapted to take account of the extra 3,500 homes that will be built on the site.

The fact is that most, if not all, those homes will have access to at least one car – and they are likely to use those cars!

Henley Road, Westerfield Road, and Tuddenham Road are all very busy already and the prospect of putting more cars on these roads will fill their users with horror.

But it is not realistic to “ban” the new residents from using their vehicles or to try to set up traffic lights to hold residents on the new development while other motorists drive past.

And while it might be possible to catch buses or even the train from Westerfield to get to the town centre or London, what about those people living there who work at Ransomes, Martlesham, or Sizewell?

So far the issue of traffic has not been properly addressed.

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  • A northern bypass is needed before this development is completed.

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    rustic

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I am sorry there is no "we must build there we have no choice". We have a brown field site that can take 10,000, houses, next to the A14, could be linked to provide a new bridge over the river to relieve Yarmouth Rd. Yet it is part of Babeigh, and must be providing industrial units for Hadleigh. So all those lovely people who live in constable country can continue to drive in to Ipswich causing congestion, pollution and misery. Whilst Ipswich residents have to put up with wrong houses in the wrong place. Build next to the best road in the area not completely on wrong side of town on a greenfield site. Get a much needed new road to boot. And 1 car per house, more like 3, so thars 12,000 extra cars trying to reach the A14 via Norwich Rd, Castle Hill, Whitton. Grid lock awaits without a Northern Bypass at least !!

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    The Ginge

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

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