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Road probes could herald major changes

PUBLISHED: 13:58 27 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

TWO new studies into road systems and the main shopping centre in Ipswich could herald major changes over the next 10 years.

Ipswich Council is set to give the go-ahead to the studies at a total cost of almost £60,000.

TWO new studies into road systems and the main shopping centre in Ipswich could herald major changes over the next 10 years.

Ipswich Council is set to give the go-ahead to the studies at a total cost of almost £60,000.

If eventually adopted, they would represent a major development in the town.

The council is likely to put £25,750 towards a feasibility study looking at the road network to the west of Ipswich docks and the possibility of building a new bridge.

This could lead to the construction of a new relief route taking traffic off Wherstead Road and across a bridge across the New Cut and the lock gates.

The borough is also set to pay £30,000 towards the £50,000 cost looking at the prospect for a new shopping centre near the heart of the town.

This would be built on land between Dogs Head Street and Star Lane, on land currently occupied by the county bus station and the Evening Star offices.

This shopping centre would not be built until the Mint Quarter was completed and an established feature of the Ipswich landscape.

It is seen as the obvious site for the next development as it is a natural "bridge" between the town centre and the Waterfront development.

The two feasibility studies are set to be approved at the borough council's executive meeting.

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