Fed up of traffic delays in Ipswich? Get behind the Star’s new Roadworks Watch campaign

Gridlocked traffic on Star Lane, Ipswich.

Gridlocked traffic on Star Lane, Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

The Ipswich Star today launches a new campaign to highlight problem roadworks in the town.

The Roadworks Watch campaign aims to shine a spotlight on minor road repairs which are causing excessive delays.

Tell us what you think is going wrong.

And, in particular, we want readers to send us pictures of disruptive roadworks where no work actually seems to be taking place.

Star editor Brad Jones said: “We hear too many stories of people getting stuck in heavy traffic on the approaches to Ipswich, and the anecdotal evidence is that it’s getting worse.

“Our town’s road network appears to be so fragile – the smallest road repairs can cause chaos, not just at that location, but on other nearby roads as drivers try – and usually fail – to find a quicker route.

“So we want to shine a spotlight on roadworks in Ipswich.

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“Of course, roadworks are necessary. But are they being done as swiftly, efficiently, and with the least amount of disruption to motorists? Are different sets of roadworks being coordinated to minimise problems?

“In many cases they may be, but we’re not convinced.

“We’ve all found ourselves in huge tailbacks, only to reach the supposed roadworks to find it’s just a load of bollards with no work taking place.

“We want readers to tell us what they think is going wrong – and show us the examples.

“It’s important everyone works together – that includes the highways authority and utility companies which often have to dig up the road – to improve the situation for the benefit of Ipswich.”

A Suffolk County Council Highways spokesman said they urged people to check the live roadworks website for updates on planned works, as well as information on which firm is carrying out the work.

Please send your photos via email with the date, time and location of the works, and a brief description.Remember to take pictures safely and responsibly, and not while driving.

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