Tourist attraction closed temporarily
ONE of Felixstowe's most popular tourist attractions will be closed to cars for the day tomorrow to enable traffic calming work to be done.The partnership which manages the Landguard peninsula has agreed that the measures are needed to slow traffic on a stretch of road which is becoming busier as the attractions it serves increase in number and popularity.
ONE of Felixstowe's most popular tourist attractions will be closed to cars for the day tomorrow to enable traffic calming work to be done.
The partnership which manages the Landguard peninsula has agreed that the measures are needed to slow traffic on a stretch of road which is becoming busier as the attractions it serves increase in number and popularity.
Viewpoint Road, which leads to the John Bradfield Viewing Area next to Felixstowe port and Landguard Fort, has a 20mph speed limit.
But not everyone sticks to the limit and there are fears that the road could become dangerous for walkers and cyclists unless motorists are persuaded to kill their speed.
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Meetings of the Landguard Forum – a group comprising landowners and managers of the peninsula – decided the action was needed.
"This area is set to become much busier with more people walking from the car park to the newly-restored fort," said councillor Doreen Savage, chairman of the Felixstowe resort regeneration forum.
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"It's important to ensure that car speeds are kept low and people can enjoy their visit to the fort in safety."
In order to install the traffic calming, Viewpoint Road will be closed tomorrow and warning signs will be erected at the junction of Carr Road.
Suffolk Coastal council countryside manager, John Davies, said the works would involve the construction of two flat-topped "sleeping policeman", which would be cycle friendly.
"We are particularly concerned about the blind bend in the road as you approach the fort and the speed humps will be put either side of this along with warning signs to try to make people slow down," he said.
Mr Davies said part of the viewing area car park was still closed off – the second time this has happened this year – and English Heritage and the port authority were looking at short-term and long-term action to protect its footings from the sea.
It was hoped that a solution could be pinpointed soon, but there was no date yet for a re-opening.
The council has fenced off the front row of 20 parking spaces overlooking the mile-wide Harwich Harbour and Felixstowe Port as a precaution because the shore has not yet stabilised after the buffeting it received from winter storms.
Heavy seas battered sheet piling and pulled it away from the concrete wall, and then sucked material out from beneath it, causing part of the prom in front of the fort to collapse.
The parking area is well used by people visiting the fort, nature reserve, museum and those taking trips across the harbour on the foot ferry.