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Woodbridge Road hit by 10-week road closure this summer – Kirby Street to Ipswich town centre

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:06 16 March 2017

Woodbridge Road will be closed to traffic heading into town for over two months this summer due to major gas work. Pictured is heavy traffic joining St Margeret's Street. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Woodbridge Road will be closed to traffic heading into town for over two months this summer due to major gas work. Pictured is heavy traffic joining St Margeret's Street. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Motorists face travel misery in Ipswich this summer after it was announced parts of Woodbridge Road will be closed to traffic heading into the town centre for up to two months due to major gas work.

Woodbridge Road will be closed to traffic heading into town for over two months this summer due to major gas work. Pictured is the Mulberry Tree pub, which will be covered by the road closure.Woodbridge Road will be closed to traffic heading into town for over two months this summer due to major gas work. Pictured is the Mulberry Tree pub, which will be covered by the road closure.

National Grid said a westbound lane closure will stretch from the Kirby Road junction, near the Cauldwell Hall Road mini-roundabout, to the bottom of the road at the Argyle Street junction, between July 10 and September 17.

The announcement this evening did not make clear if the road closure will be split into sections during the 10-week disruption which is replacing old gas mains.

The closure will also take in the Mulberry Tree pub at the other end of Woodbridge Road, the announcement added.

It said “associated work” will also take place at the junctions of Woodbridge Road and the following roads: Kirby Street, Milton Street, Howard Street, Britannia Road and Woodbridge Road East. There will be no access in or out of these roads while work is taking place.

Woodbridge Road will remain open to eastbound traffic and shops and businesses will remain open.

A National Grid spokesman confirmed: “There will be a westbound lane closure in Woodbridge Road between the junction with Kirby Street and just beyond The Mulberry Tree public house. This will mean that this section of road will become a temporary one way system for eastbound traffic only.

“All shops and businesses will remain open as usual.

“To minimise disruption the new pipes will be inserted into the old gas mains which will minimise the need for big excavations and thus reduce inconvenience for local people and road users.

“Scheduling the bulk of the work during the school summer holiday period when roads are generally quieter will also help minimise disruption.

“The work has been carefully planned in close discussion with the local authorities.”

The closure is likely to worsen the morning rush hour heading into town, particularly in Spring Road, Felixstowe Road/Fore Hamlet and the Tuddenham Road area.

Schools in Suffolk break up for the summer holiday on Friday, July 21 and return on Monday, September 4. It means the first and last two weeks of the road closure will coincide with school traffic.

National Grid said the essential work will replace ageing gas mains which are near the end of their “operational life” with “tough new pipes”.

Vince Doggett, authorising engineer at National Grid, added: “We’re doing all we can to deliver this work with as little disruption as possible.

“This includes inserting the new gas mains and scheduling the bulk of the work for during the school summer holiday period, both of which should reduce inconvenience for local people and road users.

“This essential work will help ensure people in the area keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies.

“It will also reduce the amount of unplanned repair jobs we have to do on ageing gas pipes which will reduce disruption in the area.”

7 comments

  • Looking forward to the follow-up article where the Star touts this as a positive step for car owners and commuters in Ipswich.

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    OldBoy

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • And talking of photo captions: "Pictured is the Mulberry Tree pub, which will be covered by the road closure." Since when did traffic travelling INTO town along Woodbridge Road go past the Mulberry Tree? That bit of Woodbridge Road was already one-way when I moved here 23 years ago.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Where is this "St Margeret's Street" mentioned in the photo caption? Is it somewhere near St Margaret's Street?

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    beerlover

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Not sure what the first picture has to do with Wood ridge Dr, anyone know? More detail required here about how the work will progress. Where traffic control (lights) are used it's important that these are properly supervised. Often these are not used properly and cause more hold-ups than they help. They don't seem under the control of the roadworkers any more and there is usually nobody on site responsible for their operation.

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • So will this 10 week period be as accurate as the timescale originally produced for the Gas works at Heath Road roundabout last summerautumn? Or should we assume that 10 weeks will turn into four months or more? Presume the work will only take place during the day rather than being scheduled over 24 hours seven days a week in order to minimise the disruption to all the people living in the area and those travelling through to work or shop in Ipswich!

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    Tiler

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • would be good if the Star gave these stories some thought before publishing! You can only go west bound as far as Argyle Street. And is the whole length to be shut for the whole duration? Surely they can be working over that entire stretch all at once. This story is scare mongering click bait, double check the facts, then ask them some pertinent questions, then tell us what's really going to happen. Safe to say however that west bound traffic on the Colchester road Valley Road will be at a standstill during the peak periods as a result of this, just like to will be in a few years once the Northern Fringe is developed and the (vital) Northern Bypass is still a pipe dream...

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    M Prime

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • Doesn't make any sense. Westbound traffic on Woodbridge Road can only go as far as Argyle Street so how can it be closed westbound past the Mulberry Tree when it is one-way eastbound along there???

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    Ted Maul

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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