Ranelagh Road in Ipswich reopens after eight weeks – just resurfacing to complete

Ranelagh Road has reopened to traffic.

Ranelagh Road has reopened to traffic. - Credit: Archant

Ranelagh Road near Ipswich station has reopened to traffic after eight weeks of roadworks as Anglian Water installed a new main from the town centre to the Chantry area.

Freight train derailment on the outskirts of Ely has caused massive disruption PHOTO: Jeremy Caldeco

Freight train derailment on the outskirts of Ely has caused massive disruption PHOTO: Jeremy Caldecoat - Credit: Archant

The road has reopened for traffic during the day – although there will be overnight closures of Ranelagh Road, part of Burrell Road and the Princes Street junction over the next three weeks as Suffolk County Council completes resurfacing work.

That will be the final phase of the work outside Ipswich Station – marking the completion of the station’s £2m upgrade that started a year ago.

The completion of that work will be marked by a formal reopening of the station by Greater Anglia and Suffolk County Council during the early autumn.

The resurfacing work will take place between 9pm and 5am on four nights from Tuesday and then every night from August 29 to September 8.

Through traffic will be affected and there will be some limited road closures and overnight temporary traffic lights.

Local residents have been sent leaflets explaining what work is taking place and how it will affect their access – and when to expect overnight disruption as the work takes place.

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James Finch, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “These resurfacing works are the last part of a scheme all those on site have worked on to get completed as soon as possible.

“While at times it has not been easy for everyone, I would like to thank all road and rail users for their patience while this work has been carried out and I hope you agree with me that the finished forecourt and crossings are a vast improvement for commuters and visitors arriving at Ipswich rail station.”

There was also good news for rail passengers on Monday as the cross-country route from Ipswich to Peterborough, which links to services to the midlands and north of England, reopened a week after a freight train derailment closed the line just west of Ely.

Network Rail engineers had cleared the damaged trailers from the line by the end of last week, and spent the weekend relaying the track and ballast allowing the first trains for a week to run over the line early on Monday morning – enabling passenger and freight services to resume.