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Ipswich: New junction takes shape where Civic Drive meets Princes Street

09:30 31 January 2013

Civic Drive road works

Civic Drive road works

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IPSWICH: The new junction that will replace the roundabout between Civic Drive and Princes Street is now starting to take shape

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Traffic can now drive across the top of what was once a nightclub in the centre of the roundabout – and the work is now back on schedule after it was delayed by last week’s snow and ice.

A temporary mini-roundabout has now been created for traffic and this will continue in operation until the new traffic lights are installed at the junction over the next two months.

The edge of the junction has still to be resurfaced and redesigned, but these pictures taken from the top of the nearby Willis building show how much it has changed.

The work on the junction is due to be completed by April, but which time it will be controlled by traffic lights and pedestrian crossings will enable people to walk from the town centre to the railway station without going through the forbidding subways.

While work on the junction continues, another significant phase of the Travel Ipswich programme is due to start on Monday.

The remodelling of the Old Cattle Market bus station, with changes to Falcon Street and Dogs Head Street is due to begin.

Falcon Street will be closed beyond the entrance to the Buttermarket car park. Silent Street and the Old Cattlemarket will also be closed.

The bus station will remain in operation, but there will be some alterations to bus movements during the work which is expected to continue until the summer.

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20 comments

  • £21 million to remove a subway that allowed pedestrians to safely cross the road without stopping traffic, when a fraction of this amount could have improved it. £21 million add traffic lights to stop traffic, instead of a keeping the round about (already in existance) that allows traffic to keep moving. Nothing should surprise me about how the authorities and Ipswich Central are running this town anymore. It would be hillarious if it wasn't such an unbeliveable waste of time and money.

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    england1770

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • The reason this roundabout is being replaced by traffic lights is to punish those of you who didn't indicate when using it. You can moan all you want, but you brought it on yourselves!!!

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    Mike Oxlong

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Being a small young female, I was never keen on going down the subways at night, especially on my own, but not living actually in town, it was never a major problem...But you have to ask where they got this stupid idea from? Was there more deaths in subway related incidents than traffic incidents in Ipswich over the last few years? Not only that, but as people have pointed out already, the extra costs of running the traffic lights is one that nobody can afford at the moment.

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    emi7

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Just leave the mini roundabout and call it a day, please.

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    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • I'm a cyclist as well as a motorist but still agree what an absolute waste of money.the ibc will tell you it's to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.what about motorists who pay the most to use it in the first place!traffic lights that have to be maintained and burn electric and they dare to call themselves green! What a joke. More congestion and more pollution. 1010 IBC

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    nikkk

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • @England - its not 21 million just for that one roundabout ... it is finding about 12 different schemes across the town including the bus stations, real time bus info and (gulp) a new traffic ligh ccontrol system. Not saying I agree with all of it, but its not 21 million to do one roundabout

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • I walk pass this section of road every morning and evening to and from work. The traffic seemed to flow perfectly fine so I really don't see the reason for wasting so much money on this project. All I can see in the future is cars backed up whilst pedestrians use the crossings. What was wrong with the subways?!! a perfectly safe way of crossing a busy road. Now all you see is people risking their necks crossing the main road to get to the pay and display car park on Portman Road, parts of AXA and the Football Club.A complete waste of time and money when there are so many other areas in Town that need investment much more. They did exactly the same when they removed the roundabout next to the college on the one way system and this has not improved what so ever.

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    himple

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Please let me turn your attention to our neighbour Colchester. I am very familiar with this town and commute there every day. This is a town FULL of roundabouts, and it is also a place that is congested on a daily basis (This is no exaggeration. Today I spent 10 minutes waiting for traffic to move away from a mini roundabout on North Station Road). I don't think that this is a coincidence. The problem with roundabouts is that they do not regulate the traffic fairly. The busiest entrance to the roundabout will almost always take priority. This in turn can clog other entrances and leave traffic waiting for long enough to cause tailbacks, potentially blocking yet more junctions. A set of traffic lights may stop motorists for a small time and yes it is annoying but the traffic is given a fair opportunity to move in all directions. This is far less annoying than watching streams of traffic block you in with no opportunity to move!

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    rotwieller

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • In any other town it would be thought an improvement to install what we are now removing. Pedestrian lights will add further to the delays. Nice one council !!

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    Sarky Sage

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Never heard anyone being run over in a Subway . The IBC are very very anti Car and do everyting possible to continue in that manner. The Crossing outside the old police station encouraged people to go over the road rather than under it due it changing the way the way traffic went around the town. This cost several hundred thousand pounds! Same with Fore Hamlet and now civic drive . The Civic princes street junction is all down to pedestrian movement from the railway station. This has been coming for about 8 years since it was first discussed . Roundabouts work , Traffic lights do not . More wasted money !

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Looks good with a mini roundabout, but I fear traffic lights will be there soon, when will these boffins learn, that traffic flows better without lights.

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    chris sheppard

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • I agree with #1. Looks fone. just l;eave it. Also, "the forbidding subways"!? Don't you mean useful subways! Have you ever seen the amount of people using them before and after football. You realise you'll now have thousands of people crossing the road on the surface, stoipping cars, and with so many people its not gonna be safe.

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    Chris Church

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Even thou I think a few of the initiatives are good, I especially dislike the removal of the Civic drive roundabout Subway and Norwich Rd. Ipswich has a limited amount of road capacity and it doesn’t matter how much you do to it, unless you increase capacity, you’ll make little difference. SCC may have been the main drivers in this scheme and at the time Guy McGregor was portfolio holder at the time, so I guess if anyone is responsible, he is. Please feel free to contact him and ask. I also see he doesn’t like in Ipswich so he doesn’t have to endure the consequences!!!. Guy McGregor Time House, Low Street Hoxne, Eye Suffolk IP21 5AR Work 01379 668434 or 01379 870339 Mobile 07711 299432 Fax 01379 870930 guy.mcgregor@suffolk.gov.uk I also see he doesn’t like in Ipswich so he doesn’t have to endure the consequences!!!. Also when the business case for the Duke St development was proposed, they quoted increase in traffic flow figures. Has this been measured and has the projected benefits been meet ? Just remember the elections are coming up soon, not that it makes any difference, who’s in power !! https:www.gov.ukgovernmentnews22-million-transport-package-for-ipswich-gets-go-ahead Norman Baker said: This innovative scheme will make a huge difference to the way people travel around Ipswich and will be a real boon to the local economy by making new business and housing sites more accessible by public transport. Strong transport infrastructure which helps to tackle congestion and reduce carbon will help the city achieve sustainable economic growth.

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    glen t

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • I am wondering if the members of the council who comisioned and approved these works actually drive or even own a car? I suspect that they don't. I suspect that they don't. Maybe a Freedom of Information request should be submitted,I am wondering if the members of the council who comisioned and approved these works actually drive or even own a car? I suspect that they don't. I suspect that they don't. Maybe a Freedom of Information request should be submitted?

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    Richard Hall

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • It's all a ploy to keep people away from the Town. Why two bus stations to confuse people? There's room at Tower Ramparts for a superb bus station. Parking metres in Fonnereau Road, I wondered why there were so many spaces. Is our Council in the pay of Norwich City. Our Council is throttling this Town.

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    m01

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • I have to agree with everyone else - I have worked near andor used this roundabout for many years and I seriously never recall any major traffic problems whatsoever! However now that pedestrians will be interrupting the traffic flow, I can envisage it being a nightmare. The underpasses were fine, all they needed was a link of paint, some decent lighting and CCTV. It seems astonishing to me that the Council have chosen to have pedestrians competing for road use with cars when they had an alternative option which did not impact on traffic flow at all! Still I am sure the contractors are grateful for the £21M so I suppose it is good news for somebody!

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    Jane Summerfield

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • For once the comments seem unanimous. It's hard to see how this can possibly be an improvement.

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    Tamara Knight

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • @England - its not 21 million just for that one roundabout ... it is finding about 12 different schemes across the town including the bus stations, real time bus info and (gulp) a new traffic ligh ccontrol system. Not saying I agree with all of it, but its not 21 million to do one roundabout

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Everywhere else they dream about subways so that people can cross the road safely and traffic can continue uninterrupted by traffic lights above. Here we had all that but traffic planners in Ipswich seem to delight in holding up the flow of traffic with lights. This is money wasted on what was probably the best flowing junction in town. Sadly they are not held to account for these insane decisions

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    Big Spot

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • There is one thing where council planners have a 100% record. After every road the scheme has been completed there are more jams and slower traffic. IBC have always been anti car.

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    m01

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

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