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Road closes as another one opens

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

THE new spine road through the heart of Ravenswood has been officially opened by Ipswich mayor Maureen Carrington-Brown.

The road has been in use for several weeks, but now the temporary entrance to the development off Maryon Road has been closed to all vehicles except buses, bikes, and emergency services.

THE new spine road through the heart of Ravenswood has been officially opened by Ipswich mayor Maureen Carrington-Brown.

The road has been in use for several weeks, but now the temporary entrance to the development off Maryon Road has been closed to all vehicles except buses, bikes, and emergency services.

A new Ipswich Buses' Route 33 vehicle was one of the first vehicles to make use of the road – which has been opened in time for the start of the new school year which will see the new Ravenswood Primary School open its doors to pupils for the first time.

Term starts on Wednesday, and officials were keen to have the new road network fully operational by then.

The Route 33 service was introduced by Ipswich Buses last year with funding from the borough council.

Earlier this year the service, which links Ravenswood to the main railway station through Gainsborough and the town centre, had the number of journeys doubled to two an hour.

Ipswich Council executive member with responsibility for Environment and Transport Penny Breakwell said the new road and the boost to the bus service were integral elements for the "Green" initiatives at Ravenswood.

"We were keen that residents there should have realistic alternatives to using their cars, and the bus service provides that," she said.

"Ravenswood is now clearly taking shape and this is an important day in the development."

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