Fresh delays expected on A1214 today as Anglian Water roadworks in Kesgrave continue

Roadworks on Main Road (A1214) in Kesgrave are causing long delays for motorists.

Roadworks on Main Road (A1214) in Kesgrave are causing long delays for motorists. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Motorists hoping to get to work on time this morning could face long tailbacks towards Ipswich as the second day of roadworks begins on the A1214.

Yesterday a 25-minute journey from Grange Farm to Ipswich took one driver two-and-a-half-hours as Anglian Water began their week-long installation of a new water connection.

Four-way temporary traffic lights were put up at the Ropes Drive East roundabout yesterday morning.

One motorist, Nikki Sawyer, said last night: “It was absolute chaos during last night and this morning’s rush hours.

“It took my husband 2hours 30mins to drive a 25min journey, and myself it took 1hour and 30mins to drive the school run and get to work – this usually takes me 10mins. Grange Farm just wasn’t moving either way.

“If the works carry on, I’m going to have to walk the school run, which is doable but being pregnant and having to walk over an hour there and back it’s not ideal and will still make me very late for work.

“I’ve suggested Anglian Water should pay for all the extra fuel everyone’s having to use.”

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The disruption is the latest in a string of work carried out by various organisations in Kesgrave including drainage improvements in Bell Lane, and a road closure at the far end of Bell Lane near the Foxhall Road junction which finished last week – also carried out by Anglian Water.

An Anglian Water spokesman said: “Anglian Water engineers are installing a new water connection on the A1214 in Kesgrave. The works were planned with the local highways authority to start from Monday, October 31, and are due to finish on Friday, November 4.

“We know roadworks can be disruptive and we are very sorry if road users have been inconvenienced.

“Unfortunately the roadworks couldn’t be carried out during half term as A1214 was part of a diversion route for other works being carried out during the half-term period.

“We work closely with highways and other utilities to plan and prioritise work.

“One of our project engineers will be visiting the site today, but all works have been agreed with the local Highway Authority, who visited site yesterday and confirmed the traffic management was set up correctly in line with the Safety at Street Works and Road Works.”

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