Talks taking place over improvements at St Helen’s Street/Spring Road in Ipswich

Spring Road in Ipswich is one of the key routes into Ipswich town centre. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Spring Road in Ipswich is one of the key routes into Ipswich town centre. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

One of east Ipswich’s major routes into town could be in line for vital junction improvements as part of a £5million scheme to tackle congestion.

Work has been underway for the last year on five key junctions in south east Ipswich, with the sixth set to take place this summer.

The project, known as the South Eastern Ipswich Radial Corridor Improvements Scheme, has already made improvements in Bell Lane and Beech Road in Kesgrave, the Landseer Road and Clapgate Lane junction, the Maryon Road and Nacton Road intersection and the Foxhall Road/Heath Road roundabout.

The final confirmed work will get underway in Felixstowe Road between the St Augustine’s roundabout and Sainsbury’s after the Suffolk Show, lasting around 20 weeks.Now, a Freedom of Information request has revealed that upgrades in Spring Road and St Helen’s Street are under consideration.

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said: “Ipswich’s population is set to grow by 42,000 over the next 19 years.

“This growth is predicted to have an impact on traffic levels in and around the town centre.

“With this increase in traffic and a call for more sustainable transport options in Ipswich, Suffolk County Council has undertaken traffic surveys to determine the level of traffic growth in the town and to identify those corridors and junctions which are already very congested and have poor pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities.

“Following the improvement works at Bell Lane, Beech Road, Landseer Road, Maryon Road, Bixley Road and Felixstowe Road an improvement scheme is also being considered for St Helen’s Street and Spring Road junction.

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“Currently, no details have been finalised for this area.”

Upgrades at the junctions already worked on have been aimed at making traffic flow more efficiently, including upgrades to traffic lights and signals, road resurfacing, fresh lines and other improvements such as pavement upgrades, new street lighting and better drainage.

The £5m scheme has been funded by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and county council, and was identified following a congestion survey.

Growth figures suggest the county’s roads will face more traffic from plans for 13,000 new homes and 17,000 new jobs by 2026.