Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: -0°C

Search

Word on the Street: What do you think of the proposed Orwell Bridge closure improvements?

PUBLISHED: 15:14 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:14 27 October 2017

Highways England has discussed having an automated closure system, quicker re-opening, and digital message signs. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Highways England has discussed having an automated closure system, quicker re-opening, and digital message signs. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ways to improve the traffic impact in the town when the Orwell Bridge is closed are being discussed. We asked people in Ipswich what they thought of the plans.

Highways England has discussed having an automated barrier closure system, quicker re-opening, and digital message signs.

Last night at the Ipswich Borough Council overview and scrutiny committee James Jackson, from Highways England, gave an update on some of the measures that have already been introduced and others that are being debated.

A notification cascade was implemented in January and has been used three times this year already - this alerts partners such as police and local authorities of any bridge closure or likely bridge closure.

In the event of a closure from high winds, the bridge could previously only be re-opened once winds had dropped below 30mph, but will now re-open at 45mph.

A dedicated website has been launched which provides updates on the bridge’s traffic flow, including live CCTV camera feeds and Met Office forecasts.

Digital message signs will alert motorists as far south as the M25 when the bridge is closed, with signs further north than previously also displaying the warning.

Read the full discussion and story here.

Ipswich Town Hall is preparing for its 150th birthday with a major celebration at the end of the month.

A man and a teenager from Stowmarket have been charged with robbery along with a series of other offences.

A paranoid schizophrenic has been sectioned following a drug-induced episode involving an imitation machine gun last year.

Emergency services attended the scene of a car crash in Ipswich today.

A former solicitor who left the scene of a crash she caused while more than four times the drink-driving limit has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Ipswich is set to get its own high-tech version of the ‘Boris Bike’ - where cyclists can use a simple phone app to get on two wheels.

The Orwell Bridge is expected to close for the third time this winter as high winds are forecast again on Thursday morning.

Window Museum displays at Albion Wharf reflects the importance of the Ipswich barge fleet in days gone by

Today - January 16 - is Register My Appliance Day for home electricals.

Organisations in a Suffolk town are teaming up to tidy litter from their streets and help preserve the environment.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24