Day two of gridlock in Ipswich

DAY two of gridlock in Ipswich.Again commuters suffered painstaking delays in reaching their destination after the central areas of the town once again came to a complete standstill.

DAY two of gridlock in Ipswich.

Again commuters suffered painstaking delays in reaching their destination after the central areas of the town once again came to a complete standstill.

A mixture of confusion and conflicting advice from the police, Radio Suffolk and the Highways Agency yesterday saw commuters being sent around in circles following reports the Orwell Bridge was closed.

Huge tailbacks in the Felixstowe Road and Bishops Hill area today resulted in one bus seeing more than 20 of its fare-paying passengers preferring to get-off and walk the remainder of their journey.


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Elizabeth Edwards, 17, of Ickworth Crescent, Rushmere St Andrew, said her journey time took nearly three times longer than normal.

She said: "Tempers were flaring as the bus became jammed in traffic. We didn't move for 45 minutes - it was complete gridlock.

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"Everyone was getting angry, mainly because there didn't appear to be a reason for the delay. When we finally got to the dock area we had a free run.

"I got on the bus at 7.50am and I eventually got-off at 9.15am."

One possible reason for the delays were an accident in Key Street involving three cars at just before 8am.

The outside lane of the one-way system was blocked but traffic was able to pass slowly.

Then at about 8.40am there was a minor collision between a car and a bike in Bishops Hill. However, police said that the accident was not serious and the cyclist rode off.

Elsewhere a car and bike collided in Lovetofts Drive, Ipswich, just before 8am but no one was hurt.

In another crash three people had a lucky escape after a head on smash in Ipswich.

A male driver and passenger in an Ipswich Cab company private hire vehicle were slightly injured in the 10.30am crash in Westerfield Road, along with a female driver of a red Mondeo.

Police closed the road for a short and paramedics were on hand to treat the victims.

Meanwhile a person was taken to hospital with minor injuries following a three-vehicle crash on the A140 near Brockford.

The accident happened at about 8.50am.

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