Gridlock warning as bridge set to reach capacity

IPSWICH: Thousands of motorists were given fresh hope today after controversial proposals for new congestion-busting roads were brought back on the agenda.

With fears the Orwell Bridge could reach capacity in just four years, officials have revived plans for a new crossing over the river near the Wet Dock. And the hugely divisive northern by-pass has also been raised from the dead.

The move comes amid fears of further gridlock nightmares in a town which is all too often brought to its knees by the most minor of accidents.

And the situation is only set to get worse, with an increase in student traffic, a rising population and an influx of lorries using the Port of Felixstowe.

A new crossing of the Orwell could cost at least �28million, while the northern bypass is estimated at �90million.

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