Another census causes A14 delays

MOTORISTS faced delays again today as more travel surveys were carried out, causing queues back to the A14.

Naomi Cassidy

MOTORISTS faced delays again today as more travel surveys were carried out, causing queues back to the A14.

The census officials were positioned in the usually busy areas of Copdock Mill Interchange and Bourne Bridge in Wherstead Road, which led to traffic jams for commuters heading into Ipswich.

The idea of the study, which has been commissioned by Suffolk County Council in collaboration with the borough, is to reduce congestion in the future.

The census is being carried out by transport planning consultants Faber Maunsell with assistance from contractors and is expected to finish at the end of next week.

Since the census began last week, motorists have been stopped in St Helen's Street and Grimwade Street, Stoke Bridge and Princes Street Bridge and Duke Street and Bishops Hill.

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As the idea of the study is to understand normal traffic patterns, the surveys are being carried out throughout the day, which means they cause major tailbacks during the rush hour period.

On the days when the surveys are being carried out, census officials are located in three sites across the town between 7am and 7pm. A total of 30 locations have been chosen for the three-week study, which began on June 23 and is due to finish on Friday, July 11.

The county council said the studies will help secure a multi-million pound government investment to improve transport in the town.

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said: “Survey staff will always aim to minimise delays and inconvenience to travellers. We apologise for any delays that might occur as a result of these surveys, and would ask drivers to be patient.”

Guy McGregor, Suffolk county councillor for roads and transport, added: “We are in the process of developing state-of-the-art traffic control systems in Ipswich. The benefits will be seen as early as 2010.

“The information will help us secure investment of £25million from central government for our next major scheme, 'Ipswich - Fit for the 21st Century'.”

- Have you been caught up in the delays? What do you think needs to be done to improve traffic flows in the area? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail