All change for resort's traffic?

RADICAL proposals to change traffic patterns in Felixstowe's town centre and seafront to make the resort more attractive to visitors will be unveiled this week.

RADICAL proposals to change traffic patterns in Felixstowe's town centre and seafront to make the resort more attractive to visitors will be unveiled this week.

County highways chiefs are staging an exhibition of ideas and inviting residents to have their say on proposals for their town.

Some of the ideas being looked at have been under consideration for some time and recently traffic studies were carried out to assess them in detail.

The most controversial suggestion will be to pedestrianise steep and winding Bent Hill to create an attractive walk-way to and from the shopping centre.


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On the seafront, traffic will be discouraged from using Undercliff Road West from Bent Hill to Convalescent Hill.

Instead, traffic will be diverted up and down Convalescent Hill and Wolsey Gardens, which will be the new through-route for cars to the seafront.

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Suffolk County Council has been talking to local residents' representatives, police and councillors about how to improve access for people wanting to visit the town for shopping and the seafront area.

The issue has been identified by both the town and district council because many people feel the present road layout can put people off walking from Hamilton Road, down Bent Hill and onto the seafront.

"The proposed measures aim to help people to move easily between the town centre and the seafront," said a county council spokeswoman.

"They include making Bent Hill the main area for pedestrians and cyclists and Convalescent Hill the main route for vehicles. The plans also include measures to reduce speeding.

"The proposals are at a very early stage and future plans for the area will be based on the views expressed at the exhibition and consultations with other authorities and councillors."

The proposals will be displayed at the Waverley Hotel, at the top of Bent Hill, on Friday July 4 from 12noon to 7pm and Saturday July 5 from 10am to 4pm.

Anyone is welcome to visit the exhibition and give their views. Representatives from the county council highways department and its consultants will be on hand to answer any questions.

Questionnaires on the proposed junction changes will be available at the exhibition for people to fill in.

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