�3.2m revamp of congestion spot revealed

A MULTI-million pound transformation of an Ipswich congestion hot spot is a step closer today following the publication of detailed artist's impressions.

A MULTI-million pound transformation of an Ipswich congestion hot spot is a step closer today following the publication of detailed artist's impressions.

The Duke Street roundabout, at the bottom of Bishop's Hill, is a notorious bottleneck during rush-hour periods as three roads meet at the fringes of the town centre.

Earlier this year, the government pledged �3.2 million to remedy the problem.

Suffolk County Council has now published its plans for the area which include the removal of the roundabout, installation of traffic signals to improve traffic flow, new bus lanes and pedestrian and cycle crossings.

The council says the scheme will make the area more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists, linking University Campus Suffolk, Suffolk New College and the historic waterfront.

It is hoped the improved traffic flow will also make it easier for buses to travel between the town centre and the suburbs of the town.

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The cash was awarded after the council bid for money from a government programme which supports new housing by improving transport infrastructure.

Guy McGregor, Suffolk's transport portfolio holder, said: “Earlier this year, our plans for the �25m Ipswich fit for the 21st century programme, which will improve access to the town centre and increase the pedestrian areas, were approved.

“The two schemes together will revolutionise accessibility to business and commercial centres of Ipswich.”

Eight schemes have been given the go-ahead in the region by housing minister Margaret Beckett.

She said: “This funding will help to deliver new homes that the East of England desperately needs to meet long term demand from first time buyers and families on waiting lists.

“We know that good transport links are vital to successful communities and these projects will unlock the potential for new housing where it is needed.”

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