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

09:44 12 March 2014

The corner of Spring Road and Cauldwell Hall Road.

The corner of Spring Road and Cauldwell Hall Road.

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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.

9 comments

  • "It’s imperative that we carry out an investigation into this road defect as soon as possible"... so imperative that they decided to wait nearly a week before carrying out the work, and then decided to close the road, one of the busiest routes in to Ipswich, at the beginning of rush hour, rather than wait until a quieter time to do it. That's Suffolk County Council's attitude to car travel in Ipswich right there.

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    Richard Hall

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • No mention of the fact in this report that Woodbridge rd was also closed this morning at the start of the one way system resulting in all the traffic having to go down Warwick Rd!!!! Chaos

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    MotorBotor

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Well now there's an abundance of mentions that Woodbridge rd was also closed this morning at the start of the one way system resulting in all the traffic having to go down Warwick Rd!!!!

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    Tamara Knight

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I dont understand why the council didnt spend the weekend looking at instead of just leaving a load of cones and temporary traffic lights out all weekend if it was that urgent. equally maybe they are looking in the wrong place, theres been a depressionsinkhole in Foxhall Rd opposite St Clements so long its probably been recorded on google maps as a feature, thats been getting bigger every year and the council have done precisely nothing to fix it. maybe if we report that one again we can get both roads closed at the same time.

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    beerbaron

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • The work has to be done yes, absolutely right, but why not on a Sunday if the workmen needed daylight, or if not, during the night? Still at least they are consistent in causing as much disruption to motorists as is feasibly possible.The biggest surprise is that with the County Council's complusive obsession with traffic lights, their temporary ones weren't working this morning, just to cause a little more disruption.

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    england1770

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • No mention of the fact that Woodbridge Road in to town at the Argyle St junction is also closed. I believe Woodbridge Rd is going to be closed for 5 days.

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    Brian Ball

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • No mention of the fact in this report that Woodbridge rd was also closed this morning at the start of the one way system resulting in all the traffic having to go down Warwick Rd!!!! Chaos

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    MotorBotor

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • The section of road with the problem was coned-off about mid-day on Thursday. So they've had all weekend to look at it. But typically for Suffolk County Council, it was too sensible an idea to close the road off when there isn't much traffic about. Far better to pick a busy time and help with the Prevent Travel Ipswich scheme to make Ipswich impossible to travel around.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • No mention of the fact in this report that Woodbridge rd was also closed this morning at the start of the one way system resulting in all the traffic having to go down Warwick Rd!!!! Chaos

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    MotorBotor

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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