Ipswich: Fed up driver puts traffic campaign on Facebook

IPSWICH: Response to The Evening Star’s traffic survey has already reached an unprecedented level with more reaction flooding in by the day.

Your views have proved vital in establishing public opinion on how the council plans to spend a �25million government investment in Ipswich’s transport system.

And one disgruntled road user has even gone as far as launching a web page examining the state of roads and traffic management in the town.

Ashley Pickering set up keepipswichmoving.org.uk after getting stuck in traffic once too often.

“I was completely fed up with the traffic situation in the centre of town,” he said.

“So I decided to start the page and canvas some opinion from other people. It would ultimately be useful to approach the council with the feedback.”

Mr Pickering established the page through social networking site Facebook and has so far encouraged around 40 people to sign up and have their say on Ipswich’s fragile transport system.

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News that the council is due to transform the infrastructure of the town, thanks to a �25m grant, has provoked further debate.

We’ve heard from scores of readers who want to have their say on the Ipswich– Transport Fit for the 21st Century scheme.

Proposals include rebuilding bus stations, launching a new computerised traffic management system and making the town centre friendlier for cyclists and pedestrians.

The plans have sparked widespread scorn among Evening Star readers, who have called for planners to reassess their allocation of funds.

Mr Pickering agreed, adding: “The investment should be fantastic news– but it needs to be spent wisely.

“We’re not a big town and it shouldn’t really take �25m to get right. But not a lot of thought seems to have gone into traffic management so far.”

You can still complete our traffic survey online at www.eveningstar.co.uk.