Chance to air views on road changes

THE public are getting their final chance to air objections to proposed changes to the traffic system in Ipswich town centre.Ipswich Council wants to introduce various measures, including new one way systems and restricting the type of vehicle that can use certain roads, in order to improve access for buses, delivery vehicles, cycles and disabled drivers.

THE public are getting their final chance to air objections to proposed changes to the traffic system in Ipswich town centre.

Ipswich Council wants to introduce various measures, including new one way systems and restricting the type of vehicle that can use certain roads, in order to improve access for buses, delivery vehicles, cycles and disabled drivers.

The plan, which mainly affects Museum Street, Upper Brook Street, Northgate Street, Dog's Head Street and Old Foundry Road, has been discussed at various times over the last two years.

Under the changes, traffic would travel northbound only on Northgate Street – the opposite direction to the current system – and southbound only down High Street and Museum Street.


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Environment and transport spokeswoman Penny Breakwell said: "This is the end of an extensive period of consultation to have a bus route around the core of the town centre so that people can access all the different shops."

"The benefits will be frequent buses around the town centre, easier access for taxis and safer for cyclists.

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"It will also take a lot of the traffic out from the town centre to make it a better environment for people to shop and easier for people to access."

She added the council did not expect any major objections and, if the idea is approved, the changes would take place in October.

"This is the final time for people to put their views across," Mrs Breakwell said.

"I do not foresee any real problems but obviously if we get a whole wealth of objections we would have to look at the plans again."

A copy of the full changes proposed by the council can be inspected free of charge at the reception desk at the Council Offices, Civic Centre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, between 9.30am and 4.30pm Mondays to Fridays.

Any objections must be made in writing, stating the reason for the objections and reach the council by April 19. For more details contact Mike Gepp at the Borough Engineering Services on 01473 432826.

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