max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: John Lewis may chip in for road changes around Futura Park

17:03 30 November 2012

The new Ipswich John Lewis at Home and Waitrose.

The new Ipswich John Lewis at Home and Waitrose.


THE continued popularity of the new Waitrose and John Lewis at home stores in the east of the town could prompt road improvements in the area next year.

Officials from the county council are monitoring the situation, but since the two stores opened at the start of November there have been regular traffic queues heading to the site.

Traffic experts believe these may ease once the novelty of the new stores has worn off – and once the busy Christmas period is over.

However if the problems continue into the new year, Suffolk County Council’s transport department may ask the developers of the new Futura Park business centre to bring forward payments for road improvements.

Developers Aquigen agreed to pay towards road improvements under the “Section 106 agreement” signed as part of the planning agreement for the site.

The improvements are due to be phased over the development of the whole site and could take several years.

However if the delays to traffic continue into the usually quiet period of late January and into February, the county may look to bring forward improvements at the Warren Heath and Ravenswood roundabouts.

One thing that should ease congestion is the opening of the second entrance on to Futura Park, from Nacton Road, which is due within the next few weeks. A spokeswoman for John Lewis said: “The run up to Christmas is an incredibly busy period for John Lewis and Waitrose shops across the country and it’s great to see that both shops have remained popular since opening.

“We are aware that traffic in the area has been busy and have brought marshals into the car park to help customers find spaces more easily.

“We will continue working with the relevant parties to do all that we can to ensure traffic flow is not disrupted.”

Related articles


  • Since these overpriced and ove rrated stores have appeared, I seem to be able to get nowhere fast. I doubt any additional entrances or signals are going to do anything to boost that. Bad planning as usual. not holding my breath. I doubt the addition of the Ikea store in that area will do anything to help either.

    Report this comment


    Saturday, December 1, 2012


    Report this comment


    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Personally I don't agree that the opening of the new entrance on Nacton Road will ease the situation, that little stretch from KwikFit down to the Golden Hind is always very congested. Putting another junction there will make things even worse, especially if our beloved council puts traffic lights there. I do sometimes wonder if somebody gets a bonus for the number of traffic signals they can install in this town.

    Report this comment

    PC Plod

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Let me guess – more traffic lights which will do nothing but ensure there are traffic jams all day and all night rather than just at busy times.

    Report this comment

    Mike Rotch

    Friday, November 30, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Portman Walk Recycling Centre

Suffolk residents have been left scratching their heads after surveys on council services started asking personal questions about their race, religion, and sexuality.

A decision on banning dogs from the beach at Southwold has been put back

A decision on banning dogs from a Suffolk beach for most of the year has been further delayed – due to the volume of responses received during consultation.

Ladbrokes was raided (file photo)

Police are on the hunt for a masked man who raided two betting shops in Colchester last night.

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court

Magistrates’ courts could return to towns such as Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds, the police and crime commissioner has said, despite the Government shutting all but one of Suffolk’s summary courthouses last month.

Firefighters have issued a warning over fancy dress costumes being used for Halloween - these images show how quickly fire can spread. Image: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

A video warning adults and children to take extra care this Halloween has this week been released by Essex firefighters.

Seamus and Rory Clifford from Down to Earth landscaping with Bungay town councillor Olly Barnes (centre) and the nest box.

She’s been an unofficial resident of Bungay for over a year, and now the town’s very own peregrine falcon has been given a comfy place to nest.

Police appealing for witnesses after a woman woke to find a burglar in her bedroom in Ipswich (file photo)

A woman woke up to find a burglar in her bedroom last night after he had broken in using an axe.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24