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Solutions for safety on show

PUBLISHED: 21:18 25 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

TRAFFIC improvements on the main roads into Stowmarket have gone on display today following concerns over safety by homeowners and businesses in the area.

TRAFFIC improvements on the main roads into Stowmarket have gone on display today following concerns over safety by homeowners and businesses in the area.

Ideas to modify Needham Road, Ipswich Road and Ipswich Street area are on show after Suffolk County Council launched a study into the problems faced on the town's busy approach roads.

There have been concerns in recent years over the safety of all road users, particularly pedestrians, due to the speed and volume of traffic along the route from the Needham Road/Gipping Way roundabout to the market place.

Last month, the council asked residents and businesses about their safety concerns. Surveys were carried out on the volume and speed of traffic, the movements of pedestrians and cyclists to and from the town centre, and the use of the disabled parking and loading bays in Ipswich Street and Crowe Street.

Survey data has been analysed and several possible solutions have been developed to address safety issues. The results are being displayed at 33 Ipswich Street (the empty shop next to the Woolwich Building Society) between 2pm and 8pm today and tomorrow. Council officers will be available to answer questions.

John Goodyear, consultant engineer for the environment and transport department at county hall, said the display was the first of two exhibitions to address concerns.

"After this we will take away people's responses to the ideas and work them up into something more specific for a second showing," he said. "If we get the thumbs up, then we can put a plan into practice."

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