All change for drivers on town centre roadworks

The temporary lights in Norwich Road caused major problems.

The temporary lights in Norwich Road caused major problems. - Credit: Archant

Town centre roadworks being completed as part of the Travel Ipswich programme have moved on as more traffic lights are converted to computer control.

Work on the junction of Bramford Road and Norwich Road, which caused chaos in the town three weeks ago, has now been completed.

The new lights there are being linked in with the Urban Traffic Management and Control(UTMC) system that is being introduced to allow signals to “talk” to each other to keep the traffic flowing.

Over the weekend there were problems at the junction of Yarmouth Road, London Road, and West End Road, as new lights were switched on – but most of that work has now been completed.

New traffic lights will be installed at the junction of London Road and Handford Road, which is likely to cause disruption between October 1 and 18 and there will be work on two sets of traffic lights in St Helen’s Street – at Grimwade Street and Grove Lane – which are likely to cause problems for motorists between October 1 and November 15.

The completion of work on the Norwich Road lights was welcomed by William Coe, director of the large clothing store.

He said: “I’m delighted that these works are now complete and that traffic and trade on Norwich Road can get back to normal.

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“The issues that occurred at the junction at the outset of the roadworks were significant, but in fairness to the county council they were dealt with quickly.

“Yes, there are roadworks in Ipswich but the town is very much open for business. With cheap parking, buses and park and ride services, there is every reason for shoppers to come and make use of our fantastic town.”

Work on the two bus stations, at Tower Ramparts and the Old Cattle Market, is continuing.

The road through the Old Cattle Market is being resurfaced – and the first new bus shelters are being installed at Tower Ramparts.

Work on the £21 million Travel Ipswich programme is due to be suspended over the Christmas period from November 15 when the town’s festive lights are due to be switched on.

At present the county council’s contractors carrying out the work are on schedule to meet that target and the town should have a roadwork-free Christmas season – a key requirement of Ipswich Central, the BID company that represents businesses in the area.

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