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How to avoid the road closure causing gridlock in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 07:21 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 07:56 10 October 2019

Drivers are being diverted from Handford Road to Yarmouth Road and Norwich Road Picture: ARCHANT

Drivers are being diverted from Handford Road to Yarmouth Road and Norwich Road Picture: ARCHANT

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Ipswich's rush-hour traffic must find an alternative route for the next week as roadworks continue close to the town centre.

The works were causing bumper-to-bumper traffic in central Ipswich, especially around Portman Road stadium Picture: ARCHANTThe works were causing bumper-to-bumper traffic in central Ipswich, especially around Portman Road stadium Picture: ARCHANT

Traffic came to a standstill yesterday evening when drivers found a section of Handford Road, near the junction of Portman Road, was closed for repairs by UK Power Networks.

With five car parks on Portman Road alone, traffic very quickly ground to a halt around Ipswich Town's stadium, with other areas of the town affected by much heavier rush-hour traffic than usual.

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A notice for the roadworks says the work will run from October 9 until October 16 for "essential and immediate repairs".

Essential repairs by UK Power Networks are due to continue until Wednesday, October 16 Picture: ARCHANTEssential repairs by UK Power Networks are due to continue until Wednesday, October 16 Picture: ARCHANT

UK Power Networks say the road is closed in the interest of safety.

Where are drivers being diverted?

A diversion route is in place for cars trying to reach the centre of town from the A1214, with drivers directed to take Yarmouth Road and Norwich Road before heading south on Civic Drive.

More congestion than usual is expected on these roads for the duration of the work.

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