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Travel Ipswich branded “disaster” as calls made for traffic nightmare to be solved by Christmas

13:30 19 November 2014

Heavy rush hour traffic sit in roadworks on Waterworks Street in Ipswich. Photograph Simon Parker

Heavy rush hour traffic sit in roadworks on Waterworks Street in Ipswich. Photograph Simon Parker

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With the Christmas season now in full swing there are growing concerns that traffic problems around the town centre could drive shoppers away from Ipswich town centre.

Travel Ipswich

Work on the Travel Ipswich programme, which was designed to make it easier to get around the town centre, started in the middle of 2012 after Suffolk County Council got a major grant from the Department for Transport.

The cost of the programme was originally costed at £21 million – but the total cost may have exceeded that.

The largest single element was the replacement of the Princes Street/Civic Drive roundabout – and its subways – with a new light-controlled junction.

This took seven months to complete between September 2012 and Easter last year.

The entire programme should have been completed by Easter this year, with all the lights being linked by computer to keep traffic moving.

Borough council leader David Ellesmere described the Travel Ipswich programme as a “disaster” for the town as incomplete roadworks and a rash of new traffic lights brings traffic to a halt for hours twice a day.

Travel Ipswich was due to be complete by Easter this year. Work is still continuing. There is still no firm programme for the last section of road to be pedestrianised – the Queen Street/Princes Street area.

And, crucially, the traffic lights in the town centre have still not been linked to each other to keep traffic flowing between Civic Drive, the Waterfront, and the eastern side of the town.

At present they operate independently – and drivers can find themselves having to wait at green lights because lights further down the road are holding them at red.

Mr Ellesmere said Travel Ipswich had failed in its aim to make it easier to get around the town.

He said: “It has been a disaster for Ipswich. We were told the work that was being planned would ensure that the traffic in and around the town centre did not get worse. It’s clearly failed in that.

“It’s running behind schedule and there’s no firm date for when the integrated traffic lights will come in. I’d like to say I’m surprised but when you look at what’s happened at the county council it’s par for the course.

“They ended the contract with the borough council to maintain the roads – we know how the town works – and then they privatised the road maintenance and seem to spend all their time filling in forms rather than doing work on the roads.”

A spokesman for the county council said the Travel Ipswich programme was necessary because predictions showed the amount of traffic heading to the town would increase by 15% by 2031. This had to be accommodated without knocking down old buildings to create new roads.

He said a third of the journeys in Ipswich were less than two kilometres, and the council was keen to encourage people to use other methods of transport rather than driving.

Work is currently underway to try to make the Civic Drive traffic lights computer-controlled – and these will be linked in with other lights around the Waterfront area in the new year.

The work in Waterworks Street is not connected with Travel Ipswich – it is being undertaken by UK Power Networks.

Suffolk County Council transport spokesman Graham Newman said traffic management should improve when the lights were linked up next year.

And he said a number of temporary car parks that had opened in the town: “Every time a piece of land becomes available it is used for parking, and our park and ride sites are nearly empty.”

61 comments

  • It the intention of Travel Ipswich was to increase congestion, pollution and journey times for all then it would appear to have thoroughly succeeded.

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    Friends from the North

    Saturday, November 22, 2014

  • Sadly although i live in ipswich, we are off to Norwich or even Bury St Edmunds to do our shopping where they is a large selection of decent shops and it doesn't cost the earth to park there too!!

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    keith hawes

    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • Can anybody tell me how the traffic flow has improved after spending millions of tax payers money on the new traffic light arrangement at the princess streetWillis junction. I am yet to be convinced traffic lights improve the traffic flow compared with round abouts. I just think somebody at the council ordered a job lot of traffic lights and to justify his job has to find places to install them!!!!

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    keith hawes

    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • @Brian Balls. I think half the reason there's no workmen on site is because they're stuck in traffic half the day getting there. I don't live in Ipswich because it's a hole and I won't work in Ipswich because of these traffic problems. I live nearby but travel much further to get to work than I would to Ipswich but a guaranteed half hour commute each way for me is worth it. Both Park & Ride sites are much further for me to travel to than going straight into town that it's not worth the trouble. Anyhow, I won't do my xmas shopping in Ipswich because the shops are rubbish, and the traffic. I think they're killing the town on purpose. Not even the pedestrians and cyclists who this is all for are impressed. It's all well and good blowing hot air on here about the councillors but isn't it time we brought out the pitchforks?

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    Fill-a-stein

    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • Ipswich born and bred, but am I proud of Ipswich? - NO. I just don't go into Town now and try and avoid the so called "ring roads" as they have become just as bad. So I say yes - bring back the roundabouts and get rid of all those traffic lights, return back hamlet back to how it was (and more). Never seen so many comments on a "story"!!

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    greypride

    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • You cannot expect to drive freely into urban areas there's too many people and that's not going to change. So you can fiddle around with lights and roundabouts but ultimately people will need to change their habits. What this council should be doing and in common with other UK councils doesn't do enough is to provide viable alternatives.

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    IanW

    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • Someone needs to be brave here, reinstate the roundabouts on London Road, Greyfriars, bottom of Bishops Hill, reopen Back Hamlet, do away with the bus lanes. Some lights could be retainedused at peak travel times only. I shudder to think how big the carbon footprint is & how much fuel is being wasted in Ipswich at the moment. Please forward all these comments to SCC & Mr Newman. Would be amazed if there was any response though.

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    Private Pyle

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • 53 comments to date when i wrote this and NOT ONE is positive. So whoever is responsible for the mess in Ipswich needs to hang their heads in shame (but probably will not). There is no chance that only the 'complainers' have written here; many comments are very well-written (unlike the ITFC pages!) and clearly are from intelligent people who can see what planners could not (and still cannot). One major improvement will be the reduction of over-crowding when we have reduced immigration from the EU. Less houses, less cars, less people. And please don't reply to say that we will make that up with ex-pats coming back home; why would they return to a declining country, let alone a declining town? If the EU throws them out (unlikely as many EU countries need their cash) then they will go to places like Asia where retirees are welcome and living costs are low.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • Far far too many traffic lights.............full stop! I hope the Government never gives the clowns at SCC a single penny to spend on Ipswich Travel Plans again. What a waste of public money. Those responsible should be prosecuted for wasting public finances.

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    england1770

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I still don't understand why the Fore HamletDuke StreetBack Hamlet roundabout was removed and Back Hamlet closed. The traffic lights just cause huge queues to stack all the way up Bishop's Hill at peak times, and what used to be a simple left turn from Fore Hamlet to Duke Street is now a nearly three mile trip via Nacton Road and Landseer Road, unless you head to the Novotel and head through the roundabout system to get back onto Star Lane and Grimwade Street. We also had the usual barrel of laughs on the A14 this evening where the entire town gridlocks for over an hour at a time. My wife and I were already talking about retiring to somewhere more rural out of Ipswich now that our youngest has flown the nest forever, it's just getting more tempting every day. Ipswich is awkwardly located and difficult to get around, it really has very little going for it these days and the people are mostly just as rude, hostile and visibly depressed as ever. I do most of my shopping online or treat myself to a day out in Norwich or Colchester.

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    Captain Z

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Sadly a lot of the problems now being encountered was because those threnody individuals at Borough Council tried to make us believe that Ipswich would discourage motorists to the town centre and we would all be expected to use buses or cycles or park and ride. Sadly they just didn't get it, people will always use their cars, so either you plan for it or build out of town shopping centres, sadly Ipswich does not seem to have a corporate policy, what we have it a mish mash of out of town and a dying town centre. Well done Ipswich Council!!!!!!

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    keith hawes

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Paul Geater... you used to be very content about Travel Ipswich, but its now becoming a problem because its not going to be complete by Christmas?!! As for this article... I don't buy the Council's excuse about a third of journeys being under 2km... 2km is the approx width of the inner town, people will drive into town do their shopping, then go to nearby places while they are near. You can only really count overall journeys, not individual stages separately. As for comments about Park & Ride. The great concept of yesteryear has died off - this is partly due to it being ran into the ground over the years and also the pay-per-car fares were replaced with pay-per-person. If you drive the majority of the way here, you might as well drive into town and take advantage of cheap parking fares... rather than paying for P&R.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Happy you'll be glad to know the the council is turning another office block in Grimwade St into Yobbo's affordable apartments , pity the dole ain't still next door .... But lets be serious for this total disaster HEADS SHOULD ROLL NOW , And get people in who know what their doing

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    Roadrunner

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • A collection of posts written more in sorrow than in anger. I agree that town planners in the 60s made a lot of mistakes. It seems that mistakes are being made once again. Traffic flow could be improved by making bus lanes available for use by all traffic outside peak times in the morning and evening. I think there is a strong case for Ipswich becoming a unitary authority. Like many of the people who have posted on here I have now moved away from Ipswich and at present I cannot think of a reason for returning. The town needs a good shake-up but the current councillors of all parties lack the calibre to do this.

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    BigGeoff

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Thank you PC Plod for your acknowledging remarks . It has become clear from reading these posts that I am going to have to leave Ipswich to seek my fortune elsewhere or failing that put the wine rack to it's only good use and hurl myself off the top.

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    Happy

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I moved out of Ipswich 2 years ago after 20 years. I now live near stowmarket, I have the choice of Ipswich or Bury...Bury wins everytime. The town centre in Ipswich just doesn't have a nice feel, Buttermarket, tower ramparts and the eastgate cewntre have a huge lack of decent shops and far too many rogues hanging around. I only ever visit the waterfront on the odd evening out. thought its lovely I miss the smell of malt and the working docks. There must be a town planner in the land that can sort out the absolute mess the town has become. I say I'm from Suffolk when asked, being from Ipswich seems only to generate pity in anyone who asks.

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    state the obvious

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • mmm - First nine words on Travel Ipswich home page: "The Travel Ipswich project aspires to improve traffic management..." Its a complete fiasco. Not a single member of the County Council administration lives in Ipswich. Their Leader lives in Waveney. The Transport Cabinet member who kicked it off lives close to the Norfolk border and current incumbent lives in Felixstowe. Implementation has been a dog's breakfast from the start and County Council has given short shrift to views of residents, including those Labour County councillors and Borough councillors who do live in the Borough.

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    John Cook

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Never mind the recent works as already mentioned this has been creeping up on us for years; the closure of Rope Walk, the closure of Upper Brook Street, the restrictions on Back Hamlet and many more restrictions have all lead to the increasing levels of traffic being funnelled into less and less streets, so what should we expect! I read the Travel Ipswich proposals when they first appeared and it never ever made any reference to making car traffic flow better, just buses, bikes and pedestrians. So none of the current chaos comes as much of a surprise, although those who do bravely attempt to use the bus, bike or feet seem to suffering just as much. Whether related to Travel Ipswich or not the traffic along the ValleyColchester Road corridor has also worsened a lot recently, so heaven help us when we start getting Orwell Bridge closures on account of the weather like we did on many occasions last winter. No one will then be able to go anywhere... The solution may well start with a unitary authority for Ipswich, at least there will only be one lot to blame then!

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    mmm

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Why are my comments always deleted? If this goes on I may have to take my sarcasm elsewhere. And, here's a newsflash for Mr Turtill - Ipswich died quite some time ago but few of us noticed. And when something's been dead a while, it starts to stink. "Happy" (great name, that) is right - there's a sense of menace and weary depression in Ipswich you just don't get elsewhere. Beats me why anyone would want to come here, so on that basis our streets should be deserted - not the gridlock which exists all the way from the top of Bishop's Hill all the way to Chevallier Street.

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    PC Plod

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • It all started in the late 60s with the wholesale destruction of quirky streets in favour of Civic Drive, which went from St Matthews Street to, um, nowhere. It stopped opposite the row of shops in St Nicholas Street because, apparently, the council couldn't get permission to continue it to Rope Walk. A completely barmy plan that sounds to be continuing alive and well in 2014.

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    chivers49

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Sorry, that should have been Bury, not Bry. Slip up with the keyboard.

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    sunshine

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Oh dear, for a start why are there so many cars in Ipswich? I thought everybody was supposed to be skint. The town is an absolute hovel, there are no decent shops and it has the worst 2 shopping centres ever witnessed by human eyes. I have to go into the town centre everyday as I live and work there. The overwhelming sense of menace and depression in the public is sliceable with a knife. Just turn the whole town centre into housing and be done with it. It would cost more than the UK gdp to fix it, that's if we had any!

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    Happy

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I left Ipswich many years ago and when I lived there people didn't own cars so there were none of these problems. Everyone went into town to shop at the many nice stores without any trouble and it was enjoyable. It makes me sad to read about all the problems of today. After reading the many comments, I can't help wondering if the members of the county council are all Bry business owners because that seems to be where shoppers feel encouraged to go and shop. The council certainly sound as they have an agenda, don't they.

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    sunshine

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • From the outset of this cuckoo scheme many people pointed out that it would not work, would be a waste of money, but council just rubbber stamped the dream, presumably of an "officer" justifying hisher appointment and post. Cllr Newman is full of promises which have not and likely will never work.

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    oldsweat

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I accept my home town is going to the dogs. The eternal bullying of IBC by SCC and probably the government too has finished the town off. I am now glad to read of the misfortune of travelers as it may eventually persuade people to move away and stop even more flats and house being built. My home town is dying because it is being chocked to death by over development. Next will be the New Cut which will be filled in to make more land available for empty flats to be developed. Sorry for those suffering but my suggestion is don't move here and if possible move back to wherever in the UK you originate from.

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    Peter Turtill

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • This expensive plan was never going to be the magic solution to our traffic problems That the work is still going on is because of bad management The lights at Henley RdValley Rd have just been completed the old ones not having worked properly for about two years During the 3 weeks that the job took at least half those days there were no workers doing anything at all, either not there or just sitting in trucks with engines running, feet up on dashboard Some work was done in mornings hardly ever in afternoon!! This is why the works are behind AND cost millions Bad plan right from the start All councils,regardless of political allegiance are as bad as each other

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    neilf

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • If you travel from Wines of interest on Handford Road to Sainsburys on Felixstowe Road there are 17 sets of lights in 3 miles? Why? Traffic flow could also be improved by stopping traffic turning right into Portman Road from Handford Road. Just go to the roundabout (yes we still have them) on Civic Drive and comeback. Simples.

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    JC

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Just a days ago Suffolk County Council announced it wants to ask our opinion on how they should save £42m. Why should customers have their services slashed when SCC refuses to sensibly restructure local government ? In any other industry, in any other business, to achieve efficiencies you would be looking at your organisational and management structure. Only in local government can we afford to run Suffolk with one county, six districts, one borough and numerous town councils and parishes. Some people seem to believe that adding layer, upon layer, of horizontal and vertical management that you somehow have greater responsibility and accountability. Quite the contrary, if you want to achieve accountable, efficient and productive management you cut the bureaucracy and overlap. What Suffolk needs are unitary authorities; one to manage and empower Greater Ipswich - which is a city-sized town and our economic giant; and one to manage the rest of rural Suffolk - who share common outlook and needs.

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    Mark Ling

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Increased volume has caused the snarlups we get every day . Who thought of the idea of putting a University where it is , is one example . Reducing the number of roads that people can use ALSO hinders progress . All traffic out of town has to use star lane , no rope walk or dogs head street for example . Filling in of every piece of land with homes has also added to the problem . It is a never ending problem and is there a solution ? No there isn't , Traffic lights hinder flow at non rush hour times . Two bus stations in the centre of the town also causes major issues and has not been addressed . Alderman road for both would have been a better location and busses passing through the town rather than being a end or start destination . Bus lanes only help bus passengers only but hinder many more road users , WHY ? But the BIGGEST problem is caused by the River , the resulting bridge and NO Northern by pass !

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • There is not an anti Ipswich SCC agenda. Sadly there is no solution for the traffic chaos especially around the wonderful waterfront. I moved into town from outside but now I dare not attempt to travel outside because I can't get back!! There is no integrated ticketing on the buses, Cheap wasteland car parks encourage people to drive in and more and more shops have moved to the outskirts. SCC is only partly to blame. Their planners do not inspire one bit Where is the northern bye pass? Or the road from the waterfront to the A14? Who has become addicted to traffic lights and yet fails to police the yellow boxes or the control zones such as Upper Brook Street or Fore Street. Truthfully everybody is upset but nothing will change.. Buy a bike and cycle on the paths. Wear black clothing and under no circumstances use lights or a bell..

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    Barnacle

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • It seems to be a common problem Ted! Agree with you completely.

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    kev70

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I can not believe the comment regarding empty Park and Ride - One of the worse things to happen to Ipswich was closing the Park and Ride at Anglia Parkway Whitehouse - they must think we're idiots!

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    A Palmer

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • The tory controlled Suffolk County Council has had a clear anti Ipswich agenda for several years and the latest traffic "scheme" is just another example of it. Why should tory squires, many of whom live miles from the town, be allowed to cause such chaos in our town? Why are the tory County Councillors who DO live in Ipswich not speaking out against their out of town colleagues? I suspect it is because they are enjoying watching the disruption in the hope that many residents will (wrongly) blame the Labour controlled BOROUGH council for the problems.

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    oldbluey

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • @Kev, if were talking about slow lights, the ones on Upper Orwell street are a joke, you can barely lift your foot of the clutch before they turn red again. the other one's which are a joke are the bond street ones, they are red for ages enabling people coming from eagle street, but no one ever comes! whereas traffic is backed up from the one way system, it's shambolic, seriously give me 15 minutes in charge, and I will get this town flowing immediately.

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I have to agree about the Sainsburys lights on London Rd, if you turn right you have to wait for traffic coming from the petrol station, why can't we go right completely? and if you go straight on towards Lidl yo get stuck at the lights causing a jam! And the lights at The Heart Foundation Furniture shop and the one after seem to be red for a awful long time with no other traffic coming from either side most times!

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    kev70

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I was born and bred in Ipswich, went to school in Ipswich, used to work in Ipswich. Now live less than 30 minutes drive from the outskirts of Ipswich. Do I shop in Ipswich? Of course not, why spend another 30 minutes in traffic queues. I do visit relatives on the Bramford Road side of town but find it quicker to go through Sproughton and cut back along Sproughton Road. (Ps. What happened to an apparent comment by PC Plod ? Two readers comment on it but it's not there. Has he been naughty again and told too many truths ?).

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Can we vote on Unitary control for Ipswich? This HAS to happen. Too many 'out of towners' dictating, living in rural areas, with absoloutley no idea( or interest until they all come into Town to use 'our' facilities!) Move SCC to Bury, Woodbridge, Dalinghoo! Ipswichians, together we can do this!

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    Mike Derruki

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Prevent Travel Ipswich is, in fact, working exactly as planned. Suffolk County Council detests Ipswich and will do anything it can to make the town as awful as possible. The whole idea of this idiotic scheme is to make Ipswich impossible to travel around. SCC claim it's making life easier for cyclists and pedestrians. IT ISN'T, as I can attest being a cyclist myself and having more trouble getting round the town than ever. But of course, SCC is run by a self-selected cabal of councillors called the "cabinet", which surprise surprise includes not a single Ipswich councillor.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Just travelled along Waterworks StBond St and, would you believe, nobody is working on the "hole." Probably got to wait two weeks for a "hole filler upper."

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    Brian Ball

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I'm not sure what Park & Ride has to do with it...and the blame of car parks in town taking away their business. The P&R sites are on the edge of town. There are plenty of people who live well inside the town and in order to go in and shop it's often easier to drive, especially if you are picking up bulky items or refrigeratedfrozen food. Plus, bus routes are slow and often don't go anywhere near most places. As for anyone complaining from the council about the issues. It's the council who have permitted the extreme growth of residential areas around the center of town and one way system. This is a small footprint for a high ammount of council tax but has added to the strain of the roads. No forethought in the council and by this point it's too late to do anything to help. Luckily I can walk into town for anything I need, but liike most people I will probably be doing most of my shopping online or out at the retail parks.

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    Chris Church

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • When is the Conservative Councillor Graham Newman (Cabinet Member for Roads, Transport and Planning) going to do the honourable thing and resign. Travel Ipswich has been a total disaster and incredible waste of money from start till now (I was going to say finish which should have happened a long time ago but is obviously still along way off). This person is totally incompetent. I remember when we used to whiz round the roundabout at the Princes StreetCivic Drive junction. Also what has happened to the promised toilets at the Cattle market Bus Station

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    Neil G

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • PC Plod How correct you Are but I think you are being conservative with the time

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    David Brown

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • The problems with the chaotic roads in Ipswich all started when they closed Back Hamlet to down traffic and they closed Rope walk to through traffic. I attended many meetings with regard to this and was assured it would make traffic flow more freely. Many people told them at the time that it would not work but we were ignored. On Sunday early afternoon it took me 40 minutes to drive just over a mile to pick my mother up to go to a memorial service in the depths of the Suffolk countryside. I just sat in traffic driving into town. Having not driven along St Matthews street for a while I too was surprised to find 2 crossings very close together and yet someone still ran across the road in front of me between the 2 crossings. I now leave up to 30 minutes earlier if I have to cross Ipswich at any time to go to work. I cannot catch a bus as where I go is not on a bus route and it is too far to cycle. I have to have a car but many people like me feel Ipswich just want car drivers to disappear and not use the roads.

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    Jayne

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Graham Newman has allot to answer for. The town transport network is a disgrace. Added to which it has been proven time and time again that traffic lights do NOT improve congestion, especially when they replace roundabouts. John Redwood MP once said "Traffic lights are a great display of socialism, they tell you to stop, when you can go, how you should integrate;they are your controller.Yet roundabouts are like capitalism, they allow free movement, they allow you to make you own decisions regarding integration and don't restrict your moments or control you" Therefore why has a tory right wing county council allowed a stupid controlling network govern their wage payers movements? This needs to change. Both IBC and SCC are failing this town on many levels. They take our cash and p!ss it up the wall on stupid ideas without public consultation. The councils in this area are worse than the ones in Brussels. Please get rid of these high wage fools who are ignoring common sense in favour of stupidity.

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    Rory Breaker

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • As with all issues effecting Ipswich, very little will change until we have a single, unitary authority for Greater Ipswich, elected by Ipswich people, answerable to Ipswich people. Two tier local government is expensive, unaccountable and broken. Ipswich will always be the poor relation in Suffolk until we get control back.

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    Mark Ling

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Recently came home from Stansted airport, took 50 minutes to get to London Road Ipswich, then took me 1 hour 10 minutes to get to my home in Ipswich, most time lost on Handford road, due to new traffic lights from Portman road.

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    richard procter

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • The new traffic lights at the bottom of Barrack Lane serve absolutely no purpose but they seem linked to the crossing outside Coes. Every time the crossing there goes red the Barrack Lane lights go red even if no one is crossing. WHY? It's just ludicrous.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Also there are new traffic lights just after the Tesco's on Norwich road and ten yards further there are the old ones outside the CO-OP? Why? It's the same for near the Cardinal Park second entrance near Hubbard house, ten yards further there is another set on Cromwell square, so many unnecessary traffic lights, are people that lazy that they cant walk an extra 10 yards? Agree with the others, the monumental catastrophe that has been undertaken with travel Ipswich has been nothing short of a disaster. I can't help thinking about the old adage of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I'm not sure why the roadworks in Waterworks Street are being highlighted, as the work is nothing to do with "Travel Ipswich" and it's role in the demise of the town?

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    Mister Cynical

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • "Suffolk County Council transport spokesman Graham Newman said traffic management should improve when the lights were linked up next year." This says it all, they have no idea if their plans will have the desired effect and clearly have no idea how to control the delivery (time, cost, quality) of a project. As SCC keep proving they have no idea it is time they let IBC sort things out for the benefit of all.

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    amsterdam81

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • It's a bit late now, it has already driven people away. I live in a village outside SW Ipswich and my family, and almost all the local people we know, now go to Colchester or, if they want a day out, Bury. This is not just at Christmas but all the time. The project has been a disaster. I am unfortunate enough to work in Ipswich in an office overlooking Civic Drive, and there are queues almost all day when there used to be none. The queueing traffic has also made me switch from being a regular cyclist back into my car. All this stationary traffic is more dangerous for a cyclist. It's been an utter failure, almost as if it was designed to clog up the town. Why is no one held accountable?

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    Esco Fiasco

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Why does half of Waterworks St & half of Bond St have to go into single lane for a paltry 6ft hole in the pavement in Bond St? Health and safety gone mad. Having negotiated the road works you then have the situation whereby the traffic lights at Bond StSt Helen's St junction only let two cars across at a time!

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    Brian Ball

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • The linking of the traffic lights was supposed to be September this year but suprise it's put back until next year. I hope for the sake of all us car drivers that need to drive it works or somebody should be accountable. No doubt if it is a total mess the council will still spin it and pat each other on the back. In no other job except local council or government could you waste £21 million and get away with it. Fore hamlet and Fore street is an example that I have never seen in any other town that I have visited 7 sets of lights and 2 Zebra crossings in the space of a few hundred yards you have no chance of traffic flowing in that set up.

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    royg

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • The council don't want any cars in town or they would open up roads,provide large cheap parking areas and not keep coming up with traffic slowing roundabouts etc.Park and ride is no good,you cannot bulk shop and carry it around,you need your car nearby.The council does not encourage town center shopping.

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • PC Plod - if you're prediction is correct, i'll be on the first flight out of the UK!!

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    john smyth

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Getting across Ipswich is becoming harder and harder. I travel down Bramford Rd every day and it's a crawl from Sproughton Rd all the way to Yarmouth Rd. At weekends it's a nightmare trying to go down Yamouth Rd into Hadnford Rd. Every night it's a nightmare travelling up Yamouth Rd to Chevallier St. And no, I can't travel by bus. It's the fault of Tory controlled Suffolk County Council whose Transport Head, Cllr Newman, lives in Felixstowe, so is unaffected by his own policy of traffic mayhem.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • So Mr Newman says, the park and ride sites are nearly empty, I cant work out if he's saying this as a positive thing or not... to me it says, nobody wants to use it to come into the town..

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    CleverReporting

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • So, if we interpret the words of the anonymous 'spokesperson', what they means is our roads are getting busier, so their solution is to make it so damned hard to get around town that people won't try. I predict in 2031, Ipswich will not have a centre, but will have a huge derelict waste ground spreading round a few tatty tower blocks by the river. Still, at least we've not turned out like Colchester...took me 45 mins yesterday to get from town station to the a12.

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    Sentinel Red

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Why can the Council not see the issue no people do not want to use park and ride , so a journey is less than 2 km if you wish to use your car why not? I live in Stowmarket and we have been advised the traffic system here cannot be sorted out until Ipswich's is. Again another excuse. It took me 30 mins to get down London Road at 9.15 in the morning, presumed more road works, no just the lights by Sainsburys. I can honestly say its Bury St Edmunds or on line shopping for me. Listen Council or you will close down even more businesses.

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    ej

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Pandy.....Since when has Suffolk County Council been a Labour Controlled Council?

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    Occold335

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • This is what you get when you put labour in charge, God help us if they win the next general election.

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    pandy

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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