Poll: Can Ipswich take more traffic lights? New additions planned at the top of Bishop’s Hill and Woodbridge Road/Argyle Street junction

Traffic at the junction of Nacton Road and Felixstowe Road. Traffic at the junction of Nacton Road and Felixstowe Road.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
12:24 PM

The lights are going on all over Ipswich – or at least they will if the traffic planners have their way!

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Suffolk County Council is starting consultations on proposals to introduce traffic lights at the junctions between Nacton Road and Felixstowe Road at the top of Bishop’s Hill and at the Woodbridge Road/Argyle Street junction.

However proposals to convert the Norwich Road/Valley Road mini-roundabout have been dropped – although a new pedestrian crossing is set to be introduced on Norwich Road outside the McCarthy and Stone sheltered housing development.

The proposals to carry out the work as part of the £21 million Travel Ipswich project were first unveiled last year, but provoked a public outcry and the council promised that nothing would happen until there had been further consultations this year.

Now it has published its proposals which were unveiled to councillors yesterday and are due to go on public display later this week.

The county insists that when computer-controlled traffic systems are switched on during the spring, traffic should start to flow more freely in the town centre.

The proposals for traffic lights in Norwich Road and at the top of Bishop’s Hill should help to ease traffic flows and ease congestion in the town centre said Andrew Guttridge, assistant director of highways and transport at the county council.

He accepted that the Nacton Road junction worked well at present: “There is no problem at that junction, but introducing lights there should improve the road network across east Ipswich. It will ease the pressure on the lights heading into town, especially during morning rush hours.”

The Woodbridge Road lights would make it easier for traffic heading into the town – and for pedestrians trying to cross the road.

Mr Guttridge emphasised nothing had been finally decided, and the county was keen to get the views of road users.

He said: “Things should improve when the lights are linked up with each other to allow traffic to flow better. That should make journeys around town much better.”

The county is also looking for the public’s views on proposals to pave the top of Princes Street and Queen Street.

The details will be published on the council’s website www.suffolk.gov.uk and also go on show in the Tower Ramparts centre in the heart of Ipswich.

However former borough council leader Liz Harsant is not impressed by the plans to install more traffic lights – especially the Nacton Road proposal – it is a junction she uses regularly.

She said: “I think they’re crazy. If you put lights there you will get traffic queuing right along Felixstowe Road and Nacton Road at busy times.

“And you’ll get people having to make hill starts on Bishop’s Hill where there’s no problem at all at present – that will cause problems for some drivers and it will have a knock-on effect back into town.

“I’ve always said this is unnecessary and will cause many more problems, but no one has listened. I’ve come to accept this will go through anyway!”

Graham Newman, the county’s cabinet member for transport, said: “As part of the town-wide plan to establish and develop the urban traffic management control system, it’s key that we link up the right junctions in order for the system to work to its full potential.

“To do this we’ve sought advice from experts who have successfully implemented similar schemes in other towns and cities, allowing us to develop three proposals for junctions in Ipswich which enable the system to work at maximum efficiency as well as promoting better pedestrian and cycle movements in the centre.”

67 comments

  • The people of IPSWICH are saying NO to more traffic lights . Spend the money on more practical things like reopening rope walk so the east of town can move more Freely . Come on the people of IPSWICH let's stick together and say No More traffic lights . And the people who are running this wake up and smell the coffee surely you do not live in the town otherwise you would see the common sense it is not essential for more lights

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    MALCOLMS MATE

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • The fewer traffic lights, the better. Why do the planners feel they have to micro-manage every single junction in town? Ask any professional driver (one of the cabbies parked outside the station will do nicely) which is the fastest route from A to B and they'll simply tell you it's the route with fewest traffic lights. As someone who has the dubious pleasure of driving in London from time to time I can tell you that traffic there flows more smoothly than anywhere within a two-mile radius of Ipswich town centre.

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    PC Plod

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Bonkers, clearly the people that make these decisions don't actually use the junctions at busy times then. Also, with the new wonderful lights at Civic drive, why is there the need to still have the other two sets, one at the car park and one for cardinal park? 3 sets of lights within 30 yards of eachother? surely pedestrians are not that lazy that they can't walk a few extra yards?

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Thats it, I'm moving. Clearly the quickest way into the town centre will now be to live there. Or maybe a better option.. move elsewhere with a sensible system and just general better shopping and facilities all round, like Norwich.

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    You What

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • In the grand scheme of things, does all of this really matter? Seriously? I mean, just leave your starting point in good time to reach your destination. Who has time to bother about traffic lights? I don't. And yes I do drive and live near to the town centre...

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    AJ

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • What the planners need to do is find out what journeys people are doing around ipswich to create such congestion . This has never been done ? When was there a major road built in and around ipswich to take more traffic , Sudbury got a Northern by pass and that helped the traffic problem in the town no end . There has been so much hosuing built in all the brown field sites around the town that has caused way too much traffic to be in certain areas at busy times of the day with no thought to the infrastructure . Banning Traffic going through the town centre has caused alot of the problems like upper brook street and dogs head street and museum street high street . These routes should be opened up after , say 4pm , do it for a trial period and see what happens at the busy times ? Stopping traffic going out of town along rope walk caused more issues that caused congestion as all traffic then has to go down grimwade street .I have many more ideas but unfortunately committees do not listen !

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • ipswichLAD- I will agree with you about safety records we do have better than France but the point i was making was that if we have to spend the money as people will not walk or cycle no matter how attractive we make it, in my opinion roundabouts are the answer not lights. I am not against walking i walk everywhere at weekends but i work in Needham and live East Ipswich so have no choice about driving i cannot escape the lights whichever way i go.

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    royg

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I cycle from my home on Handford Road to Felixstowe. Before I get to Sainsbury's on Felixstowe Road I have been through 17 sets of lights (that does include the pedestrian crossings) in less than 3 miles. Of those there are 6 sets from the bottom of Bishops Hill to St Augustine's Church. So we really do need a few more lights!

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    JC

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Of course the star doesn't support Ipswich, it's Norwich based. Ipswich is being destroyed by it's own people for whinging all the time. The money wasting IBC and the anti Ipswich SCC There are a lot or worst places than Ipswich.

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    m01

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • More traffic lights! More pedestrian crossings! Everything designed to slow the traffic and make Ipswich town centre even less appealing to shoppers. SCC are doing a great job of making Ipswich a ghost town. Bit then I guess those in charge of Transport at SCC don't actually live or shop in Ipswich.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • UK Martian- yes Mulberrytree Corner and St Margaret's Plain traffic flowed well because it was controlled by human beings, not automated traffic lights. If you worked as a pair, you could keep it all going, making short and long runs to clear backlogs. Let one or two out of Bolton Lane in between to ease them. A bit like roundabouts, human beings being allowed to think and slot in the little gaps and a nod and a wave to each other. (The only thing you won't get is a hand come out the drivers window with a couple of sweets to munch on, whilst you waved your arms about).

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Congratulations to Sarah Wright who organised the petition against changing the Norwich Road mini roundabouts to traffic lights and to a lesser extent, SCC who eventually listened to residents. Well done Sarah!

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    Tolly

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Of course the star doesn't support Ipswich, it's Norwich based. Ipswich is being destroyed by it's own people for whinging all the time. The money wasting IBC and the anti Ipswich SCC There are a lot or worst places than Ipswich.

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    m01

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Classic bit P.Geater trolling.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Classic bit of P.Geater trolling.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • royg - and have you seen Frances road safety record? Nowhere near as good as Britains. The mistake people are making is that we are not easing congestion. We will never successfully do that with the budgets available. Increasing capacity only increases vehicle useage and we are back to square one, but with twice as much road to maintain. The best thing to do is re-educate people about using alternate transport for shorter journeys. If everyone who carry out journeys under 2 miles walked or cycled the difference this would make to the network would be far greater than any scheme could make.

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    ipswichLAD

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I think another petition should be set up as the Norwich Road one proved successful(thanks Sarah Wright)although I think if defeated they will try other places to install them as they are obsessed with them.How these people got their jobs with no intelligence whatsoever is beyond me.

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    Mary Mary

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • If they really believe that all these changes will improve traffic flow why can't they prove it? Surely there isn't much difference between permanent traffic lights and temporary ones. Can't they just put temps in place at all the junctions they wish to change and hook them all up to this master system for a month to see the effect on traffic? Much better than the waste of money a failed installation would be! I live on the waterfront and I've only seen the traffic get worse over the last couple of years due to changes. Don't try and claim it's extra people as there haven't been any new homes builtopened and according to the news, people aren't going into town anymore!

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    Chris Church

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Rather than waste money on traffic lights that require maintenance and need electricity to operate why not just erect 'no entry' signs on all roads leading to the town centre? That would be just as effective as what the council has 'achieved' already with their hare-brained schemes

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    Rob

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • The survey says it all - 0% say yes traffic is better with the lights, 86% want the roundabouts back. Doesn't get much more clear than that!!

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    DaveHedgehog

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I understand there may be people who want to spend their time sitting in cars getting fat and developing all the illnesses that are linked to that and whilst I begrudge paying for a health service to fix them up and keep such grim lives plodding on, it's a free world so go for it if that's what you want. You shouldn't however presume the right to stop other people making better choices.

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    IanW

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • SCC LEAVE IPSWICH ALONE. This anti Ipswich vendetta has gone far enough. Most of traffic congestion is caused by people coming in from outside. I think there should be a petition for unitary status.

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    m01

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Forgive me for being ignorant but a cyclist should still stop at a red light?!!

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    CleverReporting

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • The problem is, one day no one will stop for red lights. They have effectively turned off street lights so they can power traffic light system that are not needed. A couple of truck firms should block main roads into the town in protest. On a serious note, I think there needs to be traffic lights on the constantine road and sir alf ramsey way junction, and lights on the end of russell road (east bound) before it connects to chancery road. Some more on goddard road, goddard road east and white house road also wouldnt go amiss. See how SCC likes it.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I've never heard of Ispwich so I can't comment on the traffic lights.

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    Tamara Knight

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • TedBundy - takes me 25 minutes to cycle from Kesgrave to Whitehouse to work each day. Takes 40 minutes by car.

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    ipswichLAD

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • TedBundy - takes me 25 minutes to cycle from Kesgrave to Whitehouse. Takes me 40 minutes by car.

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    ipswichLAD

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Yet more anti motorist action by IBC and SCC. A few weeks ago it took me an hour at 3:15 in the afternoon to drive from Handford Road to Sainsburys at Warren Heath because the town was totally grid locked for no apparent reason.. Won't be coming into Ipswich again if I can avoid it. I'll go to Norwich instead!

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    Grandpapaul

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Unfortunately, the council don't seem to realsie that one of the major reasons shoppers are deserting Ipswich town centre are the traffic james caused by, not help by, the traffic lights they keep installing. The out of town shopping centres don't need lights, just roundabouts. They work and peopel get ot them quickly. More and more peoplare deserting Ipswich because of the difficulty of getting in quickly.

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    Barrie Smith

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Few points. Graham Newman does not live in Ipswich. The problem is capacity and lights won't solve this. The local politicians won't make a u turn as it would be embarrassing for them to bid for money and then hand it back, admitting they have made mistake. They consult experts',if you are paying someone they will tell you what you want to hear. It will be safer for cyclists and even more traffic will be stationary.

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    glen t

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • So the message is because we have more traffic lights we need more traffic lights. The answer is simple. Vote with your feet. Move your business out of Ipswich so there is no need to go there and shop in Norwich. Sad to say lets leave Ipswich to continue its inevitable decline. Thank goodness many people still have a choice over where they live and work. There are plenty of nice places nearby without having to actually go into Ipswich.

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    John Alborough

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Traffic going up Bishops Hill on to Felixstowe Road doesn't have to stop at all at the moment but will be forced to if traffic lights are installed. How is that be improving traffic flow? Why aren't the incompetent fools responsible for these decisions held accountable? The congestion in the town centre now means stationary buses belch out fumes over pedestrians and the air quality is awful. The town centre is turning into a very unpleasant place.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Mary Mary "I also think the Evening Star is failing the town.Years ago they would have got behind the people and helped.So Star if you want to improve your reputation which has been declining considerably please get behind the majority of residents and don't leave it to individuals to fight against MORE TRAFFIC LIGHTS". Well Mary Mary, you answered your own question; who will listen to a declining newspaper?

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • I also think the Evening Star is failing the town.Years ago they would have got behind the people and helped.So Star if you want to improve your reputation which has been declining considerably please get behind the majority of residents and don't leave it to individuals to fight against MORE TRAFFIC LIGHTS

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    Mary Mary

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I agree Mary, that said they are funded by the local council no doubt! therefore they will continue to not represent their local population, and merely print the rubbish they have over the past few years. I am trying to upload an EPetition on the SCC website and that doesnt work either (conveniently for them.)

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    Rory Breaker

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Graham Newman: "To do this we’ve sought advice from experts who have successfully implemented similar schemes in other towns and cities" - presumably they're going to ignore that advice then.

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    Mr Grumpy

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Anyone who states that Traffic Lights are needed at the Felixstowe RoadNacton Road junction must really be very stupid. If you put lights at this junction, you will get a build up of traffic waiting on Bishops Hill. In the winter months with possibly inches of snow and ice on the road, who wants to be doing a hill start, it will be impossible. Just think of lorries and bus trying to hill start in the ice. Rather them than me. With all the best will and good driving in the world there will be vehicles sliding everywhere. I would not fancy sitting behind a large lorry sitting on Bishops hill when they are trying to do a hill start. Mental.

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    colin

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • The Assistant Director of Highways concedes there is currently no problem at Nacton Road junction but if we install lights there, it will ease the pressure on other lights into town. In other words, hold back traffic on the approaches to town until the congestion dissipates! So long as the Council are listening to (and apparently acting on) this sort of logic, what hope do we have?

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    Bob

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Surely the technology exists to take the existing and forecast traffic volumes and flows, pop them into a model, and demonstrate beyond all doubt, using CGI type imagery, that traffic lights will improve the situation. Do that at an open meeting at the Town Hall, and all of sudden there's no argument - you've proved your point. If you can't do that, leave well alone.

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    Erm, Why?

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • & i pay my Tax for THIS....These Proposals will bring an already gridlocked town to a standstill,,& when they shut the Orwell bridge because of a bit of high windan accident what will happen then...I think we all know the answer to that..I just cant fathom the thinkin of these people,My ask of SCC is this,Leave my town alone you've already ruined it enough!!

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    Shed Kev

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • We are only talking about a rush hour problem. Made worse caused by and the removal of the roundabouts at the bottom of Bishops hill it is there where the congestion is not at Nacton road .....Wouldn't the sensible answer be to go back into time and re-employ the use of police or Traffic wardens to direct traffic at peak times like at the bottom of Bolton lane and the Mulberry tree junctions in the 60's and 70's ..they worked in unison and employed common sense.....

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    ukmartian

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • The council will never understand that the traffic issue is the one way system. They messed up civic drive and duke street to "improve" traffic flow...but the problem is the number of people going through the 1 way system. I never uinderstood how removing these roundabouts would improve flow into a one way system!

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    Chris Church

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Did you know half of the world's roundabouts are in France because they know something that Ipswich Borough Council have failed to grasp TRAFFIC FLOWS BETTER WITH ROUNDABOUTS. The Council should be replacing signalised junctions with roundabouts not more lights it is utter madness. A proven fact is that roundabouts are safer and traffic flows better as no sequence and no wasted time. The only downside is they are more expensive to build a small price to pay to free up this gridlocked town. I hope when they switch the traffic management system on in the spring the traffic flows better or the planners have a lot of explaining to do. Also you don't need lights at the Bishops Hill junction as traffic feeds in nicely from Nacton road and at the Argyle street junction remove the bus lane problem solved.

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    royg

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • royg - disagree. Cycle use in london has increased 178% since 2000. Why? Increase in facilities and educating the public of the benefits. Look at Holland - more people choose to get on their bike then drive for most journeys. Its solely a lack of education as to the benefits and the lack of facilities that mean people do not see it as an option. All studies show that making our roads more cyclepedestrian friendly leads to an increase in people using them. Just because a solution is hard to achieve, does not mean we should give up on it.

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    ipswichLAD

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • IBC Spot on with the new system at Princes Street Franciscan Way everyone goes a different route because it is such a foul up Traffic lights at the top of Bishops Hill and suggestion of getting rid of magic Roundabout at Norwich Road sheer madness Never mind so what it is only the Public making reasonable sensible suggestions. Your job is safe so what

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    Joseph Marshall

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Ipswichlad - Some of us have to go through the town to get to work the other side of town and beyond, that's the issue, build a northern bypass so all of us don't have to go through the town, that's the big elephant in the room here as most of us would gladly avoid the town to get to our destination but we have no choice. I'd dearly love to be able to walk, but it would take me 3 hours.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Not another set of lights on Norwich Rd. There is nothing for the old folk down Chevalier St. The closet shops are up Norwich Rd, so go across Valley Rd then Norwich Rd and it's the same location to get the bus out of town. These lights will be set to instant change as soon as somebody touches them, just like the ones outside the Co-Op further up. This morning the only place I stopped was the Pedestrian lights outside the Co-Op (well before School Time) when we stopped just over the Bramford Rd Lights. To travel 300yds took 10 minutes and 4 changes of the pedestrian lights. Because those lights don't change, then wait 5mins getting 6 or 7 pedestrians across at once, they instantly change so you at times get 1 car through at a time. It's an excuse to put lights in by default there is no need for them and SCC just are doing it because they didn't get their way with permanent lights. As for the rest of the scheme just look at Westend Rd going straight on in to Yarmouth Rd, huge delays there because everybody is avoiding the lights at the top of Portman Rd. Last Friday at 5:30pm the que for those lights was past the bobby Robson statue. I've worked and gone through that junction for 25yrs and it never qued that long ever, period. Only look at Reading. A town that has done well to date, but in the next 10yrs will decline. Why because they have done exactly as Ipswich is doing put in a "managed" lights system, last saturday it took 30mins to travel 500yds, people in Reading are voting with their feet and going to either out of Town Shops or other locationsTowns. I sincerely believe this is part of SCC's plan to move the county town to Bury and then try for City status with the Cathedral. To effectively kill Ipswich.

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    The Ginge

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I wonder if any of the advocates of roundabouts can explain how traffic flows can be synchronised in busy periods and how they will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians crossing the road. Anybody?

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    Trouble

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • If anyone thinks the council are going to listen to the road-users about this proposal then you'd better think again. The last paragraph says it all that the proposals have to be allowed for the system to work efficiently.

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    oldwhinger

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • As a bus driver around the town I feel more than qualified to comment on the scc proposals. In a word. Madness. The money should be put to some good for the town. If scc are so blindly determined to cause more traffic problems, fire away. Look at civic drive "improvement" all that did was move the congestion over to museum st. The roundabout worked. Traffic lights do not stop, or improve congestion at peek times. There is simply too many cars at certain times coming in and out of the city. In fact, I would suggest that a lot of the traffic isn't coming in to Ipswich at all, it's crossing the city. Look at any city at the same time of day....no amount of red and green will solve your problems. Your simply pushing congestion further and further out. Heard of the domino effect, and I'm not talking about pizzas here. There are only so many miles of road in a city, even if scc changes helped congestion that would invite more traffic . As others are suggesting. Leave it alone. We're all drivers, we understand a que at peek times. We can manage. If you like traffic lights that much SCC have them on at peek times only. Or put them all in your office and you can sit and look at them,as I and others have to do all day. Spend the embarrassing amount of money you have on repairing the roads.

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    James Dowd

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Hi IpswichLAD. I think you will find that most of the people who cycle in London do so because the cost of public transport is becoming prohibitive. Plus conditions on the tubes in the rush hour are unbearable for some. Regarding Holland - it is flat. Ipswich isn't.

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    Just Me

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Where DO you want the traffic to queue? How do pedestrians negotiate all these roundabouts and of free flowing vehicles?

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    IanW

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • UK Power Networks have just had traffic lights at the top of Argyle StWoodbridge Rd. They were there for I believe 4 days. Hopefully the council will have seen the traffic congestion this caused. Walking from the town up Woodbridge Rd the traffic queue was pretty much solid from Major's Corner going up Woodbridge Rd. This junction flows freely so I guess is in desperate need of traffic lights to slow things down a bit.

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    dale craven

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • There are about five junctions I struggle to get out of in a morning. If I send a list to IBC and SCC do you think they might put in some traffic lights for me. p.s. Nacton RoadFelixstowe Road is never a problem.

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    Star Watch

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Rather than leave angry comments on here, I suggest people take advantage of the public consultation and ask questions face to face with the authorities. Sarah Wright has proven you can make a difference by challenging decisions if you make enough of a fuss about it. I would guess these people wouldn't have a leg to stand on trying to defend their plans!

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    Magic

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • As many of us have been saying for years. Ipswich Town centre is terminally ill, and Suffolk County Council are about to euthanase it once and forever. The businesses of Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, Colchester etc must be over the moon at their luck as the council finally kills off Ipswich for visitors........ Absolute madness, but who can be surprised at anything that SCC does in relation to Ipswich and it's pathetic traffic policy.

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    england1770

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • What I still can't understand is why these schemes are now being brought forward at all. They consulted on the whole project are few years ago, and neither Norwich Road, or Nacton Road were part of that at the time. So what's now changed that means they need to do even more work? Would it perhaps be that the original scheme was flawed and they got it wrong? Answers please SCC. And while we're about it, hand up for a Northern Bypass, without that we stand no chance of going anywhere once they start on any Northern Fringe development.

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    mmm

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • How so many people have such strong opinions before the scheme has actually been completed and the lights set up as they should be. Yeah at some locations you have to wait a minute or so longer in your car, a small compromise for all the addtional cycling and pedestrians facilities that are now available, promoting walking and cycling for shorter journeys into the town centre. Its just a shame people would rather sit in their cars moaning rather than doing anything about it. Sure, longer journeys you have no choice, but for short journeys around the town - i.e under 5 miles - cycle or walk and see the difference it makes. Not only will this make you a more healthy person, you may even start to notice where some of the improvements have been made. Throwing money at reducing congestion is a waste. Re-educating people as to when a car is not necessary is vital.

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    ipswichLAD

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • SOLUTION - People should live closer to their place of work!!!! SIMPLE

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    MotorBotor

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • glen t - I'm sure everyone is aware there are issues with capacity, including Mr Newman. This scheme has implemented much better facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, encouraging this as an alternative means of transport. Capacity issues cannot be solved by any other means. There are too many people choosing to drive unsustainable distances to work. A bypass? Would only encourage more people to use their car, increasing traffic on the roads and resulting in more surfaced road for Suffolks ever struggling maintenance budgets to maintain. Please start to see that a change of thought is necessary. Even if all those travelling under 2 miles were to walk or cycle (ie school runs), the difference on the roads would be far greater than any extra lanes,roads or roundabouts could provide.

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    ipswichLAD

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • I've often thought as I drive from town along Felixstowe rd what this stretch of road really really needs is more traffic lights.

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    Sunny Jim

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • This Council is Raving bonkers ,, new road infrastructure is what's needed , Traffic should be able to by- pass the town center , we got one crappy road through the town , and this useless council allow an hotel to be build in the middle of it

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    MIGUEL100

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Dobbin- and if we all drive we can ignore speed limits and have a nice chat on our mobiles? Cars,Bikes,Trucks all driven by people with the same propensity to break rules, only some rule breaking has more serious consequences. Just Me- like me most people who cycle in London do it for a variety of reasons, getting from A to B quickly is by far most common. You've also obviously never been to Holland, the reason they have a much higher proportion of journeys made by cycle; 26% to our 2% is because they built safe infrastructure 20 years ago. There is a strong relationship between providing safe ways for people to get around under their own steam and improved levels of health and happiness. Readers should perhaps bear in mind though that people who publish these stories, do so with the intention of inflaming opinion to illicit response.( trolling). It's not news, their not journalist.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Traffic lights have never been proven to alleviate Traffic congestion . The Traffic along Felixstowe road now queues further up the road towards bishops hill because of the removal of the roundabout at Dukes street . This has caused themto think that more lights are required at the top of bishops hill ! Roundabouts work if designed correctly . Look at the traffic light controlled junction on the A1214 at kesgrave which is a roundabout aswell that caused all sorts of hold ups , they removed the lights and the roundabout works perfectly . The problem with Ipswich is the amount of traffic and nothing to do with either roundabouts or traffic lights . We now have vastly increased traffic flow on the routes into town because there has been no new roads or increased infrastructure. The lights at Argyle street woodbridge road is ridiculous , it works well all day until the traffic flow is high and then it clogs up , same as any town . Traffic lights will not help it at all and infact will make it worse . There are too many traffic light junctions in the town , norwich road mini roundabouts work perfectly , the problem is traffic flow again at peak times . What is need is a radical expensive re think , unfortunately those in charge have gone so far down their Travel Ipswich project that they will not turn back for fear of losing face etc . The town needs a route around the outskirts of thw town so you don't have to drive through the town to get from one side to the other , this wil eliminate a dramatic amount of traffic in the town . A Northern by pass is a must and needs to be the focus of our Councils not stupid ideas like we have seen so far .

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I agree with ipswichlad, because if we all cycle, we can all ignore the traffic lights!!

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    Dobbin

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Putting lights in at junctions such as these just causes traffic to back up tp the next junction - then they'll decide that junction needs them too! How far are they going to go out with this?!! My personal experience of Warwick Road is that it the amount of traffic doesn't warrant lights - it will just cause uneccesary tail backs.

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    Mr Grumpy

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • What's the point in having a poll the council won't listen to the people who drive on the roads everyday. Having traffic lights on bishop hill is just asking for trouble people will be doing hill start and your get the odd people who will roll back into another car and this will just cause more congestion. But since when have the council listened to what the public say. Never!!!!

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    james

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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