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Transport boss, Graham Newman, says claims that major roadworks are causing traffic mayhem in Ipswich are “wildly exaggerated”

09:35 24 November 2014

Heavy rush hour traffic in Star Lane, Ipswich. Photograph Simon Parker

Heavy rush hour traffic in Star Lane, Ipswich. Photograph Simon Parker

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A highways chief has said claims that major roadworks in Ipswich are causing traffic chaos are “wildly exaggerated” – and things will improve.

Suffolk County Council's Graham NewmanSuffolk County Council's Graham Newman

Suffolk County Council’s roads boss, Graham Newman, was responding to criticism of the multi-million pound Travel Ipswich project.

The scheme is meant to link the town’s traffic lights up via a new computer system and improve traffic flows but is now seven months overdue.

Mr Newman said the project had “lost four months” when decisions were made to temporarily halt parts of the projects, since it started in mid-2012, to improve congestion.

“Some of the claims are wildly exaggerated – that the town is permanently gridlocked – it’s complete nonsense,” he said.

“It’s a bit over done, the idea that I’m sort of in the countryside and never come to Ipswich – I suffer like everyone else.

“In the run-up to Christmas you should see some improvement, the roadworks in Bond Street will hopefully be finished before too long, that’s something that’s going to happen.”

He added that he understood why motorists were “extremely frustrated” when roadworks were in operation but no workforce were in the road.

Last week Ipswich Borough Council leader, David Ellesmere, branded the project a “disaster”. He claimed the project had failed in its aim to make it easier to get around town. His views come at a time when retailers expect to see a rise in shopper numbers in the lead-up to Christmas.

Dozens of readers also posted angry comments on the Star’s website, giving their views on the transport project.

Mr Newman said the work was due to finish next summer – with an update on the project, which has been mainly funded through a £18million government grant, to be released later this week.

A dedicated lane for traffic going on to Woodbridge Road from St Helen’s Street, so traffic does not have to give way, is an important part of the project, he added.

He said systems would be in place to prioritise certain routes through town to ease congestion if there were accidents holding up traffic.

What’s your view? Go to www.ipswichstar.co.uk to post your comments.

79 comments

  • Mark Ling - Greater Ipswich and one rural Suffolk - sounds like the plans 40-odd years ago, but I think much opposition even then to expanding Ipswich !!

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    rustic

    Sunday, November 30, 2014

  • And decades of internal promotion to stop new fresh blood coming in. I suspect Mr Newman and his cronies are sat around a computer screen (with their tax payer funded HobNobs and cups of tea) laughing at these comments. They're in the "I'm alright Jack" club with their golden pensions, Golf club memberships and free bus passes. Newman will make a pigs ear of this and just get "internally promoted" to a different project, then mess that up as well. Gary Newman knew all about Cars back in 1979. Graham Newman knows sweet FA about them.

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    Custard_Bung

    Thursday, November 27, 2014

  • I expect this transport fiasco has not gone unnoticed amongst the higher echelons of SCC. Unlike in other departments if you get your transport strategy wrong the impact is almost immediate, as in our case. Unfortunately at some point we will all have pay for this mess to be put right.

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    Friends from the North

    Thursday, November 27, 2014

  • It's time the people of Ipswich got rid of these geriatric amateurs who are running SCC. Most of them are in their positions via cronyism and freemasonry, not by ability.

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    uk column

    Thursday, November 27, 2014

  • The part of the report that fascinated me was - Mr Newman said the project had “lost four months” when decisions were made to temporarily halt parts of the projects, since it started in mid-2012, to improve congestion. In that congestion has undoubtedly improved he has surely succeeded!

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    DALINE

    Thursday, November 27, 2014

  • Is this the same councillor that presided over the demise of Suffolk's Education?

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    The Leaf Inspector

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • Turn off all the traffic lights and watch the traffic queues vanish, I notice the other night that Derby Road was oddly quiet until I approached the junction and found the lights out, strange as normally Derby Road is queued solid.

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    garycomputerbloke

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • Wow.... Just sensing a little dissatisfaction with the man in charge?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • @palpete He is unsackable due to the fact that the voters of Ipswich who his policies affect have no way to vote him out of office. He is mayor of Felixstowe and holds his position on SCC cabinet but the voters of Ipswich have no say over either despite the fact he has ruined traffic flow in the town. As has been said before he also presided over the degradation of education in the county yet still he arrogantly dismisses the views of people who have to suffer his policies as 'wild exaggeration'. The man is unfit for office yet the voters of Ipswich are unable to do anything to combat his inadequacy. Farcical.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • IanW is totally missing the point and seemingly unable to look at the broader picture that there are no viable alternatives. I am a cyclist as well as a motorist and it is worse on both counts.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • It's four years since I travelled into Ipswich daily and in that time it seems to have got far worse. This is a problem not just for car drivers but also people using buses. I avoid Ipswich now for shopping etc and imagine lots others do too. SCC Conservative leadership doesn't care about Ipswich. Why should they? They can secure a majority with all the seats elsewhere elsewhere in the County. I get the impression that they just wish that Ipswich and Lowestoft would go away.

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    BarbDwyer

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Graham Newman should be "Sacked", and the whole of Suffolk County Council put on a warning, Pensions & Personal Income investigated. The tax payer is being 'Plundered' or Ripped Off, there should be a Public inquiry into the way we are being governed locally.

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    palpete

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Well, a fairly typical journey for me today, and not at rush hour - 4pm. From Duke Street to Bramford Road, 17 minutes 22 seconds. Not long you might think, but it's only 2.2 miles and google maps says you should be able to do it in 7 minutes. I might have been able to if it were not for spending 7 minutes 17 seconds standing still at 7 traffic lights. This does not include the time slowing down approaching the lights or the (much less) time waiting at roundabouts or waiting to get past vehicles illegally parked on double yellows which were simultaneously blocking pavements (but had their hazard lights on so that obviously made it all fine). In other words, 42% of the time spent at trafficlights - this from my dashcam.

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    pinch 'n' a punch

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Ian w ...As a miserable troll who is shortly off to bed ..could you please tell me where I can get to the park n ride ? ...and don't I have to travel by car to get my park n ride ticket ? I believe there are just two sites in ipswich ..London road and martlesham ..Norwich has SIX .! ..may I compliment ..fill - a- stein on such an astute observation..!..

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    deeber

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Problem? What problem? We should all get on our bikes! Wonder if Mr N uses his bike?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • For those who say "use ya bikewalk" then how would I pick my grandchildren up from school to take them home and take my 97yr old dad to hospitaldoctors when it is the other side of town?. Anyway just a sideline, why are bus lanes reserved 247,esp the one past chantry pack as the use of it was for the park and ride which now runs thru chantry est??

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    greypride

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Travel Ipswich's aspiration, "to improve traffic management and promote smarter travelling choices e.g. bus, train, walking and cycling" seems to have backfired. Ill conceived permanent road closures, junction redesign and new traffic control installations have lead to increased congestion across the town. The irony is that the increased congestion not only impacts on car drivers but on cyclists, bus passengers and pedestrians, the very users that the scheme aims to help. - How do the new traffic controls and associated tailbacks encourage cyclists? - Why would I choose to use the bus if it gets stuck in the same congestion as cars? - As a pedestrian do I really want to breathe in the fumes from stationary vehicles? The Travel Ipswich website states, "The scheme is aimed at improving travel for all users of the town whether they be vehicle users, cyclists, pedestrians, taxi or bus passengers". I would like to see the Evening Star conduct a survey of town users to test whether this 'aim' has been met.

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    Friends from the North

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • NOT FOR TRAVEL IPSWICH. What a disgraceful waste of money. There should be resignations and dismissals. Ipswich needs a Unitary authority. SCC have just proved to everyone who has to drive into Ipswich they are not fit for purpose. Everywhere you go congestion when before there was relatively little. I will not use the roads during peak rush hour. Wasting fuel and time. SCC are not capable of improving the road system. Period. What planet do these councilors live on. Get rid of all these traffic lights and open up the bus lanes. Build some new roads rather than messing with junctions continually.

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    Dataminer1

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • helo my names ian and im abit thik

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    Fill-a-stein

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • You do honestly sound like kids being told to go to bed early..its for you down good kids!! There is one fundamental point behind this you will never ever be able to expect to drive freely into busy urban areas, never.. not with lights, not with roundabouts, not with someone running ahead with a red flag it just isn't happening Especially not in somewhere as densely populated as the SE of England and no towns or cities are going "i know lets fix this problem by putting more people in cars" and there not doing that because there thats not ever going to work. The traffic in Ipswich is no worse than any other urban areas and much better than many considering the work thats going on. A lot of the problem is exagerated either by trolls on this paper to get you clicking on a story or for political reason. So if the the park and ride doesn't work for you don't feel safe cycling argue for change there because just like garlic bread its the future!!

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    IanW

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Clearly nobody agrees with Mr Newman, but does he care? Isn't it time someone published a schedule of works yet to be completed along with a realistic timetable so we can all monitor progress and have some expectation of when the situation might improve? Let's hope it is soon.

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Will you plebeians please stop it with your wild exaggerations?

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    Fill-a-stein

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Absolutely unbelievable that last night there was traffic queueing through the Portman Road car park at 5:20pm as the surrounding roads were so hectic. It took me nearly 20 minutes to get out of the car park! The lack of coordination of the traffic lights, combined with the constant roadworks, are making it impossible to drive to work for those of us stuck working in the town centre. And before you all shout at me, no, I cannot walk or cycle the 25 miles to work. Nor can I rely on public transport, when the trains are only one an hour, get me into work ten minutes after I am due to start, and that is when they run on time, which is rare..... I have been commuting this route for almost ten years now, and it has gone from taking 30 minutes to almost an hour. Most of that increase has been during the last year, and it is caused by the final mile of my journey, i.e. Ipswich town centre. I come into town from the west, and feel sorry for anybody who has to come round the east side of town now, as that is intolerable. I miss the days when I used to drive into the nice quiet centre of the city of Manchester..... :-)

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    sixfootaliw

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Bond St may well be finished soon but I believe they are doing Majors Corner AGAIN in the New Year! I think taking away the Princes St roundabout was a massive mistake. Never in a decade of living here have I seen traffic queueing up Museum St as happens now. However I am sure compared to this time last year the lights are staying green for longer when trying to pass Willis into Princes St. Let's hope that continues to improve.

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    K Mcc

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Ian w why do you assume that the people who have made comments on here are miserable..? You have the same attitude as Mr newman ..The article says at the bottom please give your views..I'm disabled and rely on my car as most people on here use their cars for a reason ..so less silly comments or are you mr newman in Disguise? ..

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    deeber

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • @IanW perhaps you should read the comments of cyclists as well, who have the same problems as motorists and many unique to them. I used to cycle a lot more frequently than I now do because of this disaster. Like it or not people need to use their cars for business travel, trying to force vehicles away from the town only has the effect of forcing the businesses and shoppers away from town. As an aside this morning I drove from Civic Drive to Copdock, the traffic coming in to town at 9.45am was backed up from Handford Rd all the way to the London Rd junction with Robin Drive. Not slowing moving, but queueing. That's not unusual and neither is it exaggerating.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • If you lot got out of your cars occasionally the roads would be less conjested and you would be less miserable.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • So according to Cllr Newman the people of Ipswich are idiots? What an arrogant man! I would urge everyone to stop voting Tory in the next SCC election. Vote anything but Tory and then perhaps they will get the message. We need local politicians who will listen to local people not sit in their ivory towers playing with the road systems just using crossed fingers as a method to sort out the problems.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Took me a long time to scroll to the bottom of the page to post this comment. I am proud to be one amongst many uninformed. It doesn't matter that our journey times are increased. Don't worry folks! We have the Waterfront. As Mr Geater will testify to. This will surely bring this town prosperity! All we need is more houses, fewer roads, and definitely more traffic lights. They turn off street lights at night, so we may be basked in the glorious red of the endless traffic lights.

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    09F9

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • "everything is good" - the government

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    09F9

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Has anyone person ever caused so much to be written in despair and frustration? Sadly in our political system failure to grasp reality often leads to further systemic decline. To preside over what might be called the decline of one of our most important resources (education) and then to follow this up with another key to economic success (roads) needs to be recognised - if this is the case? Is it?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Perhaps the clue is in "enjoys travelling the UK - preferably by train!". Maybe Newman never drives in Ipswich but travels by train from Felixstowe and uses the council free bus to his office.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • The arrogance and ignorance of this man is astonishing. Before Travel Ipswich there were rarely Traffic queues on Woodbridge Road, now there are queues for much of the day. SCC has shown what everyone knew ... It is unfit to run highways in a major town. They should stick to organising traffic in Beccles.

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    Bobmouser

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • It took 45 minutes to get from Portman Road to Woodbridge Road this evening at about 5:30 - absolute gridlock and this is not that unusual. The main problem that many people have already noted is the blind obsession by SCC and Mr Newman with traffic lights. We have far too many, they are often too close together and are of course 'unco-ordinated'. I'll only believe there will be a so called improvement when I see it.

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    Tangoman

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Everyone sat in their tin box in a sticky traffic jam only has themselves to blame for the queue as they are part of the reason why there is such a long queue. Try an alternative mode of transport for a change, such as a bus, bike, or even those two legs you were born with and you'll find you get places much faster, be healthier and be a happier person too.

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    Shaun McDonald

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • There are obvious bottlenecks so why not address them? The one-way system for a start. The right hand lane in the northern part is backed up a lot of the day because of the bus lane after Waterworks St. Why can't that be rescinded? All that happens now is drivers go up the left hand lane and cut in at the last minute, further holding up those queueing in the correct lane. Bad behaviour yes, but not illegal and a problem that could be solved at a stroke. Liverpool has recently abandoned all but a very few of its bus lanes, it's an inexpensive, quick and easy solution that could help alleviate some of the problem there. During the day almost all the buses using that lane only have a few people on them. Another issue with traffic backing up is environmental. Cars nowadays do not belch out many fumes but buses and commercial vehicles do. It is very noticeable on the Princes St, Museum St junction in particular where buses are often backed up trying to get out of the junction belching fumes out on to pedestrians and cyclists.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • @LeeMundy. I think you mean people in a rush are getting nowhere.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • I blame all those that can't keep their legs closed. If they stopped with the kids, there would be less of a population explosion, so meaning less cars on the road, crazy, but it does make sense, and it is true.

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    Waddaloada

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Does this guy ever get out of his office. It I total chaos for a lot of the time

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    Bill Jackson

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Reading your report about comments made by Mr Newman just goes to highlight how out of touch these council officials are. If the Private sector was operating 4 months behind schedule then they would be joining the Queue at the Job Centre with his P45 form!!....Why do we put up with these weak officials?

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    keith hawes

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • I blame the people who are in a rush to get no where and wont do the polite thing let people out ....... mums and school run don't even get me started

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    Lee mundy

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • so mr Newman says the Ipswich travel problem as "wildly exaggerated", he obviously travels in a very different Ipswich than the rest of us, while America and other forward looking countries are adopting the roundabout system to speed up traffic movement our "traffic planners" ? are ditching them in preference to traffic lights, travel Ipswich, ? its dead in its tracks, scuse the pun, he obviously travels by pushbike, on quiet days, he should see the mess at the Mermaid lights at the end of west end road on sunday mornings, ?

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    oatcake100

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Mr Newman typifies his generation of bureaucrat, who are completely out of touch with reality and in denial of what's happening under their noses. We don't expect much from our council and income taxes these days, but surely a free flowing road isn't too much to ask, is it? It's not like using a road is an optional luxury. It is essential and once again, SCC are making a complete balls up of it, making Ipswicher's lives a misery and being totally unaccountable for it. SCC needs picking up, shaking violently to get rid of all the rot and dead wood in there. Perhaps then we can get some younger, fresher people in their with a more contemporary outlook on life.

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    Custard_Bung

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • @NeilG. Interesting that he got the option of a speed awareness course after being caught doing 37mph in a 30 zone. A family member of mine was recorded at 36mph in a 30 zone and was told he was 1mph over the allowance for having the awareness course, so how come Newman got the option of avoiding the fine and points? Also, why is our MP not speaking out about this shambles? He is supposed to represent the people of the town yet stays quiet as a mouse. Well done to Mr Ellesmere for, finally, acknowledging the problems this causes many people. It's an important local issue to many.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • 60 minutes to get from Portman Road to Sainsburys at 3:30 in the afternoon, a reality not an exaggeration. Is this what Mr Newman means by "improving congestion"?

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    Grandpapaul

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • It's staggeringly arrogant to describe the problems people see and face every day as wildly exaggerated. I work in a building overlooking the Princes St and Civic Drive lights and there are queues all day where there used to be none, and rarely even at rush hour times. It has been a disaster and will cost the town money and business as people get fed up of trying to negotiate the traffic and stop trying to drive into Ipswich. I speak as a cyclist and a motorist, I actually cycle to work far less now as the queues of traffic are actually far more dangerous for cyclists than flowing traffic. That's without considering all the potholes as well. Resign now Mr Newman and let someone competent repair the damage you have done.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • What planet does Graham Newman live on.He must resign. What a total waste of £18 million pounds. Can we have the Princes StreetCivic Drive roundabout back please. How about the promised toilets at the cattle market bus station. Let us not forget however that before Graham Newman was appointed to the Conservative County Council role of Cabinet Member for Roads, Transport and Planning he was reported on this site on July 14th 2014 to have broken two road laws. I quote "Mr Newman, who took over the portfolio last May, admitted that he had twice been caught breaking the law before taking on his new role. He was caught speeding at 37mph in the 30mph limit in Playford Road, Ipswich, and attended a speed awareness course as an alternative to paying a fine and getting penalty points. In a separate incident he was spotted holding a mobile phone while in traffic in the Star Lane area of Ipswich. He was pulled over by a police officer and given a caution." I can only assume that Graham Newman must be so busy using his mobile phone again when driving that he fails to notice the total chaos on Ipswich roads.

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    Neil G

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • This guy has no clue. I commute every day from Woodbridge Road to Colchester. I join the traffic chaos at what I like to think of as "the top of Argyll Street", but is in fact outside the Woodbridge Road doctor's surgery. Last Tuesday it took 25 minutes to get from there to sitting outside the college entrance. A distance of about 500 metres. This, in turn, leads to gridlock around Fore Hamlet and through the one-way system so I can sit and watch the partially completed "jewel of Ipswich" waterfront get slowly patched up. Once out of that nightmare, Copdock calls and the 10 second green light for those wanting to drive south on the A12 means that traffic sits along the A14 towards the Wherstead junction. At the end of the day my way home is no easier. London Road is lined with traffic lights. All the little boys and 4x4 drivers like a race from the hotel up the inside lane before the bus lane kicks in. Hadleigh Road and Handford Road are dotted with random crossings and lights, and whoever has allowed right-hand turns into and out of Portman Road needs putting in the stocks. Mr Newman, you are living in cloud cuckoo land. Your ideas are a failure and you sit in your well paid, apparently untouchable position as if you actually have a clue what you are doing. I will happily share my commutes with you, give you a guided tour of the "over exaggerated" traffic jams. We can even have an exciting game of i-spy and count just how many traffic lights are along the London RoadHandford RoadCrown Street. You can buy lunch though (it's OK it'll go through on expenses).

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    OldBoy

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • The phrase 'stop digging when you're already in a hole', comes to mind, Mr Newman. Or perhaps it's appropriate to pick up a shovel yourself.

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    GAJ

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • It says on Mr Newmans profile on felixstowe.gov.uk that he "enjoys travelling the UK - preferably by train!" Says it all really.

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    09F9

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Let's not forget that providing a footpath at Rushmere Street took twice as long as the advertised schedule with no explanation and the road was closed for the whole time. Nobody has apologised or explained.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Mr Newman, you sir are a fool

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    Private Pyle

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Let's do away with the grossly inefficient one county + six districts + one borough; and go for two unitary authorities: One for Greater Ipswich and one rural Suffolk. Despite a third of Suffolk's population living in or around Ipswich, SCC's cabinet doesn't have a single member residing in Ipswich. They happily take our taxes, inflict their governance and fail to represent us for government infrastructure funding, BUT the party is over. Suffolk CC needs the cuts and Ipswich needs its own representation.

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    Mark Ling

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Mr Newman has been responsible for the waste of £20m+ on Travel Ipswich which has done no good whatsoever We cannot get an essential northern bypass because of lack of money All we hear though are excuses SCC also responsible for roadworks not completed and footpath works that mean TOTAL closure of whole roads for weeks on safety grounds when on most days NO workers are to be seen These are the same contractors who took three weeks to do the roadworks for the new traffic lights at Henley Rd Valley Rd which could have been done in half the time if worked on EVERY day!!! He should either get a grip on these works or get out!!

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    neilf

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • You are quite clearly unfit for your purpose Mr. Newman and you are reminiscent of another failed Suffolk County Council colleague, the despicable Andrea Hill. You as she are proving to be clueless as to your purpose. You have achieved career status through internal nepotism and ill judgment by those who appointed you the position of Suffolk County Council’s ‘roads boss’ You like she will not accept that you are making incorrect judgments. You are not qualified to be in this position. You like she will eventually have to go.

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    David White

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Let me remind everyone that not only does Newman not have the right to inflict his idiotic theory's on the people of Ipswich as he doesn'even live here he shouldn't even be behind the wheel at all as he has shown total disregard of the motoring laws anyway!!

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    planeman

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Evening star- how about inviting Mr Newman to go out on a test drive in and around Ipswich with a reporter. Not at 10 am or after 6pm but 7.30am - 9.30am and from 4pm - 6.30pm on the main routes in and out of town. I am sure long suffering readers could give you a long list of routes and times to take him on.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • If you look at his mayoral profile on Felixstowe's website, it says he "likes to travel the uk - preferably by train!" Small wonder there...

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    09F9

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • “It’s a bit over done, the idea that I’m sort of in the countryside and never come to Ipswich – I suffer like everyone else". Graham Newman is the mayor of Felixstowe, which is completely unaffected by this mess. And the number of Ipswich voters he's answerable to is ZERO!

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    beerlover

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • The problems are nothing to do with roadworks it is the amount of traffic lights that work independently and are holding people up. These lights are all supposed to be linked up that is the idea and lets hope when the delayed switch on happens it works. Closing Back hamlet to down traffic has squeezed traffic into Derby road or having to go down Grove lane and down Grimwade street to access the docks one way system. The big set of lights that were put in at the bottom of Back hamlet could have been a good idea if they then hadn't put a set of pedistrian lights in opposite the college which then renders those lights useless and causes a massive hold up. This is one example which is repeated across the whole town and you cannot tell me that everyone that drives in Ipswich is wrong and Graham Newman is right.

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    royg

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • All these readers have made some great comments but mr newman doesn't listen...The man who put an end to the idea of a northern bypass as it would cost too much .. yet wastes 20 million on roads that are way too congested all the time.. He fails to find a solution too anything..I live in foxhall road near to broke hall school..where a bunch of mums (backed by the ipswich star) have pushed the parking problems to a main road .. serious problems have arisen since.. blocking a main road at two peak times!! How can this be sensible ?? Kids getting out of cars on a main road .. Their solution ..give them a bright vest ..undeniably stupid!! Just one problem that blocks main roads.. solution to that school a nearby park n ride bus scheme .. say foxhall speedway ?? Where the parents could drop off their kids .. and one or two bases could ease the parking just like that.. ideas not chuck more money at it .. keep the main arterial roads as clear as can be ..yellow lines ..to stop silly parents parking on a main road ..and mobile traffic wardens ...to stop illegal parking..it all helps.

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    deeber

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • "hopefully" the roadworks on Bond St will be finished soon? HOPEFULLY!? NO, NOT good enough. These 'improvements' have turned the town into a disaster- some poor old gentleman has already been killed on the chicane on Commercial Rd, how long before a pedestrian is mown down on Princes St or one of the very many places his scheme has made a pigs ear of roads that only needed minor tweaks?

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    Sentinel Red

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Interesting to note that he says, and I quote, 'I suffer like everyone else'.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • He can say what he likes can't he? The voters of Ipswich have no way of holding him accountable, so let's let his record speak for itself. He devastated Suffolk's education while in charge and he has strangled Ipswich while in Highways. The man is a serial failure, that's his record.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • I'm all for improvements to the traffic issue, but it hasn't improved one iota, it's got progressively worse, and the buck must stop with someone.

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    Tedbundy

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Just a reminder that only a few months ago in an article on this website - Graham Newman has now stated that he has "every confidence" the signs would be working in Ipswich and their introduction was planned for 15 November. This is of course the electronic bus timetables, another part of the project which still hasn't been fulfilled.

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    dale craven

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • If Newman knew anything he would know that perception is as important as reality. There has been a failure to communicate the intentions or progress of this whole project. To frequently words like "should" and "may" rather than specific information and assertions that it "will" happen. This indicates that Newman doesn't really know what is happening or takes any responsibility for failure. If people perceive that things are worse and that the town is gridlocked then it doesn't matter what Newman says, nobody will agree. This man is clearly incapable of inspiring confidence and should go.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • driving accross town from pinewood to ransomes europark is congested all day there are simply not enough river crossings ,too many traffic lights and bad road planning

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    oracle

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • UK column, yes agree same guy that caused chaos in education , then get new job ,then screw up the road system in ipswich, at our expense,denies it, if this guy worked for a private company he would have been sacked two years a go, what salary is this guy on?

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    richard procter

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • In the earlier articles there was not one comment that said traffic was better, if fact they all stated that it was worse. A normal trip into Ipswich outside peak times, now consists of queuing to get to the Sainsbury’s roundabout, queuing to get to St Augustine’s roundabout, queuing at the light on Felixstowe road outside Coop and Aldi, queuing for the lights at Derby road, queuing down Bishops hill, queuing to get past the new university and the finally queuing to turn left onto stock bridge. The journey time has probably doubled. I await the improvement.

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    A Smith

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • "...will hopefully be finished before too long..." I have very little confidence in someone who has no idea when the people doing a job for them will be finished. Maybe if he came into Ipswich to check on progress more he would know what the traffic was like and it would be done quicker!

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    L9ghtjw003

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • He may be correct it may not be the current roadworks causing the problems, it could be all the previous 'improvements', however try driving across town at 17.30 in the evening, it is much worse than it used to be, even as little as a year ago.

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    ElaineD17

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • 23 million pound and old ipswich will be the same as it was before the money was spent. Ipswich is a Victorian with narrow roads Norwich Bury and Colchester do not suffer the same narrow roads leading into and out of the centre of there towns as Ipswich does. The public in suffolk are asleep when it comes to problems and just look the other way, life seems good so let the council get on with it, this is a fact. End result poor council's, poor roads and poor shopping centre's and poor newspaper's.

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    a west

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Graham Newman should do the honourable thing and resign. The best he can come up with is that the road works in Bond St will be completed soon, (I believe they were completed last week). He also said things would improve in the run up to Christmas well, of course they will, as it has been agreed that all road works will be suspended. As for his quote, "lost four months," the traffic light scheme is a lot more than four months behind schedule.

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    Brian Ball

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Mr Newman you need to read the comments they all say the same they do not lie . Resign And let Ipswich breve again .

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    MALCOLMS MATE

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • In fairness, he might be right: it's not the roadworks causing the problem, it's the crappy traffic management implemented by Don't Travel Ipswich.

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    Alice

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • "...will hopefully be finished before too long, that's something that's going to happen." What??

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    Robotix

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • This is the same Graham Newman who created chaos in Suffolk Education. He was responsible for the dreadful showing in school league tables.

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    uk column

    Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Mr Newman go either way along naction road at 5oc and Saturday mornings it's a joke and so are you get out there see for yourself

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    peddler

    Monday, November 24, 2014

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