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Town centre comes to standstill

PUBLISHED: 15:03 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

IPSWICH town centre was brought to a complete standstill today after a disabled badge holder parked on a tight corner blocking the road to buses trying to move around the town.

IPSWICH town centre was brought to a complete standstill today after a disabled badge holder parked on a tight corner blocking the road to buses trying to move around the town.

Eyewitnesses reported tailbacks stretching the length of Crown Street and Norwich Road after the car was left parked on double yellow lines near Ipswich library.

Managing director of Ipswich Buses, Malcolm Robson, said that thousands of passengers experienced delays as a result of the gridlock, which built up from 10.30am.

He said the silver saloon car was towed away after he alerted a traffic warden to the increasing traffic chaos.

"The inconsiderate parking by one motorist totally brought Ipswich town centre to a standstill for half an hour.

"It will take us a couple of hours to recover and get buses back to where they are supposed to be."

The car, which was displaying a disabled badge sticker, was parked on Great Coleman Street near the junction of Northgate Street.

Operations manager of First Eastern Counties, Chris Dexter, said that some of his buses were trapped and unable to move for 20 minutes.

"There were significant delays to services. It's obviously a problem that although disabled people need to be able to get around the town centre and have access, it's got to be managed in a better way," he said.

A sign near the car forbids all vehicles from parking where the offending saloon was left.

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