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Transport think tank hits the road

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS in Suffolk are being given the chance to have their say on the public transport system.

Consultations and workshops are being carried out in Woodbridge and Felixstowe this week and next to find out exactly what residents want.

RESIDENTS in Suffolk are being given the chance to have their say on the public transport system.

Consultations and workshops are being carried out in Woodbridge and Felixstowe this week and next to find out exactly what residents want.

Suffolk County Council has recruited transport consultancy firm Oscar Faber to find out what people think is best for where they live.

The eight towns in the county are now being asked to participate in the scheme.

Workshops were held at The Bull Hotel in Woodbridge this week for various groups who have been invited to join in.

The groups included Woodbridge Town Council, the emergency services and the Woodbridge Society as well as schools in the area.

Nigel Shepherd, from Oscar Faber, said the plan was to hold workshops so people could identify the problems and then help seek solutions to them.

He said: "We have been asked by Suffolk County Council to prepare an action plan for both Woodbridge and Felixstowe to improve the transport in the area.

"We want to find out what the issues are and then find a solution.

"It is also about prioritisation – some ideas will be more important to people than others."

Mr Shepherd said recent work had been done on public transport in Felixstowe to find out what users think should be done to improve it.

Once all the findings have been collated and looked at by engineers, a public exhibition will be held, although Mr Shepherd said that this would probably not take place until later in the year.

Woodbridge town council clerk, Chris Walker said the town council would be pushing for the 20 mile an hour limit in the conservation area of the town which includes Church Street and New Street.

Mrs Walker said: "We will also be continuing with the pressure for traffic lights at the junction of the southern relief road as you go into the turban centre."

Felixstowe Town Council are due to meet today to discuss what they feel should be done.

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