It’s not Orwell Crossing OR Northern by-pass insists council leader

Colin Noble and Ben Gummer at the unveiling of the Upper Orwell Crossing proposal

Colin Noble and Ben Gummer at the unveiling of the Upper Orwell Crossing proposal - Credit: Archant

Government funding for the Upper Orwell Crossing in Ipswich will not affect a bid for funds to build a northern by-pass for the town, county council leader Colin Noble has said.

The government is committed to paying £77m towards the near £100m cost of the three new bridges over the river, prompting fears among some people.

Noble said: “Just because the Upper Orwell Crossings are being delivered does not mean we are not looking at other possible solutions to relieve congestion in Ipswich. There is also no single solution to address both present and future traffic issues in the town.

“A strong economic case was provided in order to secure government funding for the crossings and the same will need to be done in order to guarantee money for a northern relief road.

“We have to push the economic benefits a road would bring, its value for businesses, and show it is needed for new homes.”