Hundreds of frustrated drivers take part in roadworks survey

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 November 2016

Roadworks on Princes Street in Ipswich.

Roadworks on Princes Street in Ipswich.


More than 1,000 people have taken part in the Star's travel survey amid growing frustration over roadworks and rush-hour delays in Ipswich.

Drivers have been plagued by roadworks and closed roads on key routes over the last year, including Norwich Road, Bramford Road and Woodbridge Road, while crashes on the A14 have caused huge disruption across the town.

The Star launched a survey asking readers for their thoughts on the state of the town’s road network as part of our Roadworks Watch campaign on Tuesday – the evening when the town was plunged into gridlock.

A crash on the A14 at the Whitehouse junction coupled with roadworks in Wherstead Road, College Street and Foundry Lane caused the massive delays.

Heavy traffic was reported on Princes Street, Grey Friars Street, Star Lane, Civic Drive and Crown Street.

One motorist said a 35-minute journey from Ipswich to the Bury St Edmunds area took two hours, due to the Wherstead Road two-way traffic lights. UK Power Networks is carrying out maintenance work, due to finish on Monday.

He said: “(Yesterday) morning, the lights were causing traffic to back up all the way out of town to the A14. This is far from the first time that traffic lights and roadworks in Wherstead Road have brought the town’s traffic flow to a standstill.”

Yesterday, a van broke down on the A14 eastbound slip-road at the Whitehouse junction at 4.30pm. It had been recovered by 4.55pm, but a police car called to the scene also broke down. It was recovered at 6.45pm, police said.

Delays were also reported at the Copdock Interchange.

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