Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Video: Major route into Ipswich town centre closed at rush hour this morning as investigation work gets underway – highways bosses defend decision

PUBLISHED: 09:44 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:44 12 March 2014

The corner of Spring Road and Cauldwell Hall Road.

The corner of Spring Road and Cauldwell Hall Road.

Archant

Highways chiefs have defended an eleventh hour decision to close one of the busiest routes into Ipswich town centre during this morning’s peak rush hour period – so investigation work can take place into a depression in the road.

A large stretch of Spring Road, between Cauldwell Hall Road and St Helen’s Street, was closed in both directions from 8am today, nearly a week after the problem was first discovered.

Long queues built up on roads into town from east Ipswich, which were compounded by an apparent failure of temporary traffic lights at the Cauldwell Hall Road junction.

Suffolk County Council has said workers have visited the site and a ‘camera survey’ took place on Saturday, however the results of that were inconclusive.

Officials said last night that it was vital investigations took place, however questions were asked about why the road has had to be closed during one of the busiest travel periods.

One reader on the Ipswich Star website said: “Why can’t it be done overnight?”

However, another reader added: “Massive snarl ups tomorrow, but it has to be done, everybody, get your cycles out.”

A spokesman for the county council said it was vital work takes place however it was admitted that the duration of the investigation work will not be known until it gets under way.

He added: “It’s imperative that we carry out an investigation into this road defect as soon as possible, our contractors are aware of the urgency and will work quickly in carrying out the investigation and identifying the issues.

“The safety of the public is our paramount concern, and it is vital that we ensure the surface of the road is up to a safe standard before allowing the public to use it again.”

A diversion will be put in place through Cauldwell Hall Road, Foxhall Road and Grove Lane.

For up-to-date progress on the work, visit www.ipswichstar.co.uk throughout the day.

New chalet sites are to be created in Felixstowe for the first time in more than a decade as part of proposals to give more people the “beach hut experience”.

Family of an Ipswich man who suffered fatal head injuries in an accident at work have said they hope that lessons have been learnt from the tragedy.

Get your weekend plans sorted - here is what is happening near you on January 27 and 28.

Pancake Day is at an earlier date this year compared to last - find out when you need to stock up on milk, eggs and flour.

A burglar who broke his leg as he ran away from a break-in at a business in Ipswich has been given a suspended prison sentence.

A Suffolk man had admitted defrauding a sports and social club by almost £27,000.

This year’s SPILL Festival of Performance will begin with the world premiere of Clarion Call, a co-commission between Ipswich arts charity the Pacitti Company and 14-18 NOW, which was behind the Tower of London poppies project.

Building the Orwell Bridge was only one of three options considered when an Ipswich by-pass was first seriously considered in the 1970s, the former chief executive of Suffolk County Council has revealed.

A “smash” was heard moments before a car was set alight in a suspected arson attack in Ipswich last night.

Witham MP Priti Patel faced questions over the prospect of a possible Cabinet return this morning in her first broadcast interview since quitting over her secret meetings with senior Israeli figures last year.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24