New crossing on busy road

Day after day Ipswich resident Adrian Barker battled with the traffic trying to cross a busy road in the town on the school run.

IPSWICH: Day after day Ipswich resident Adrian Barker battled with the traffic trying to cross a busy road in the town on the school run.

But today the problem has been solved after Mr Barker sought the help of his local councillor to find a safe answer to the crossing nightmare.

Pedestrians can now make use of the new crossing which opened this month near to the roundabout with Woodbridge Road.

Mr Barker and his family tried out the crossing after the snowfall just before Christmas.

St Johns councillor Tanya de Hoedt spoke to transport officers at Ipswich council about the problem, specifically experienced by parents on the school run to and from St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Woodbridge Road.

As a result the council carried out a pedestrian count which revealed the evidence to support the need for a crossing.

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Ms de Hoedt then applied to Suffolk County Council for funding through their 'Quality of Life' schemes, securing the money to ensure the crossing was installed this month.

Mr Barker said: “This was the first time I've ever contacted a local councillor and to have such a positive outcome is great.”

And Ms de Hoedt added: “There are a lot of negative views about politicians around at the moment, so it is nice to be able to show that there are many of us working hard and achieving real action for the benefit of Ipswich residents.”