Parking fees boost Suffolk roads

A MILLION pounds or more could be earmarked for traffic improvements across Suffolk, according to a report by county transport bosses. Suffolk County Council's cabinet have been asked to consider using £1,261,000 of surplus cash from pay and display parking charges in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds and unspent money from a number of improvement schemes last year, In a report for councillors written by Alan Thorndyke of the council's highway network improvement department, proposals have been put forward to spend the cash on traffic calming, a review of speed limits and new pay and display scheme in Ipswich's Fonnerau Road, and a lorry management

A MILLION pounds or more could be earmarked for traffic improvements across Suffolk, according to a report by county transport bosses.

Suffolk County Council's cabinet have been asked to consider using £1,261,000 of surplus cash from pay and display parking charges in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds and unspent money from a number of improvement schemes last year,

In a report for councillors written by Alan Thorndyke of the council's highway network improvement department, proposals have been put forward to spend the cash on traffic calming, a review of speed limits and new pay and display scheme in Ipswich's Fonnerau Road, and a lorry management study.

The report said: “The surplus in this account can be used to fund public transport, highways and environmental improvement schemes.

“The district and borough councils have submitted bids for funding for projects in their areas.”

The report said the money could be spent over the next two years and highlighted a number of areas for councillors to consider.

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The report recommended £75,000 be spent on speed limits near Suffolk schools.

It said: “Speed issues are also a concern to communities. The 20's plenty advisory speed limit outside schools, to reduce speed, improve safety and encourage sustainable travel, is very popular.”

Highlighting areas for priority funding the report also recommends £80,000 is spent on a one-way system for traffic through Coddenham high street and Rectory Road, Hemingstone.

A bid for £26,100 to be spent improving the forecourt of Felixstowe Spa Pavilion, a bid to spend £25,000 to reduce unnecessary road signs in Ipswich and a request for £40,000 to be spent on improving bus shelters in the town have not been recommended to councillors for approval.

The council's cabinet committee will meet to discuss the proposals on May 27.

What improvements would you like to see? Where should the surplus money go? Are car parking charges too high? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Some of the schemes under consideration

£30,000 Lorry management study-Suffolk

£60,000 Minor traffic management schemes - Ipswich

£17,000 Additional parking bays in St Nicholas street and St Peters Street - Ipswich

£250,000 Traffic management measures - to include bollards, disabled parking bays and kerb realignments - Suffolk.

£160,000 Review of waiting restrictions - Suffolk

£10,000 Improvements to station car park - Melton