Word on the Street: How can traffic chaos be improved when the Orwell Bridge is closed?

Traffic in Ipswich ground to halt after the fatal crash on the Orwell Bridge on Friday morning. Pict

Traffic in Ipswich ground to halt after the fatal crash on the Orwell Bridge on Friday morning. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The closure of the Orwell Bridge on Friday left roads in Ipswich completely gridlocked - we asked what people think can be done to prevent this.

The A14 eastbound carriageway over the Orwell Bridge was closed for the majority of Friday following a serious crash at around 6.45am.

The road was closed for eight hours after a fatal crash involving a tractor and a van in which the van driver died.

While drivers were understanding and expressed sadness that a man had died, they said the disruption that followed highlighted how quickly Ipswich grinds to a halt.

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The gridlock road conditions have led to fresh calls for the northern bypass debate.

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin said a solution is needed urgently if there is to be any hope of preventing “gridlock” in the town centre and on the A12 and A14 every time the bridge closes.

County council chiefs said they have been looking at options for a possible northern route.