Thousands spent on road safety measures

SAFETY work is getting under way in a Felixstowe town centre street today where there has been a string of accidents at junctions.

SAFETY work is getting under way in a Felixstowe town centre street today where there has been a string of accidents at junctions.

Suffolk County Council is carrying out the work, costing tens of thousands of pounds, to build tabletop road humps in Cobbold Road at the junctions of Cowley Road and Leopold Road, along with extended parking restrictions.

There will also be new parking restrictions at the junctions of Princes Road, Queens Road and Tomline Road - with the aim of increasing visibility at the junctions to help drivers pulling out into Cobbold Road from side streets.

The street is one of the main roads to the town centre, connecting Garrison Lane and the Crescent Road/Hamilton Road traffic lights and is used by hundreds of schoolchildren going to and from Deben High School on bikes and on foot every day.


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Town councillors support the safety work but some have voiced concern that the project could cause St Andrews Road to be used as a “rat run” to avoid the traffic calming, switching the danger to the junctions on that street instead.

It is claimed that drivers will find alternative routes if traffic calming slows them down.

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This happened in Maidstone Road and Grange Road - causing extra traffic in King Street and Cage Lane.

Suffolk County Council expects the work to take three weeks.

When the work to build the junction platforms takes place, Cobbold Road will be closed between Garrison Lane and the Crescent Road car park entrance for a short time.

Will the road humps and yellow lines work? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or you can send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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