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Another £5m to be spent on town roadworks in wake of Travel Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 06:00 08 September 2017

Queen Street was the last part of the Travel Ipswich programme. Picture: PAUL GEATER

Queen Street was the last part of the Travel Ipswich programme. Picture: PAUL GEATER

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Just months after the last section of Travel Ipswich was completed, Suffolk County Council has been given a £5m war chest to carry out more improvements around the town.

The county has been given finance from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership to improve a number of junctions around Ipswich by changing their layout or upgrading traffic controls.

The junctions that will be changed have still to be identified – and officials from the county council are expected to provide a list within the next few months.

In a report to next week’s meeting of the county council, cabinet member for highways James Finch said: “Work is proceeding on the design of a number of improvements to junctions in Ipswich. These include traffic signal upgrades and widening to provide additional capacity to improve the flow of traffic on the main roads into Ipswich.”

A spokesman for the county council said the money could only be spent on junction improvements. – it could not be spent on resurfacing work or filling in potholes.

He said: : “We have received funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership to upgrade junctions in Ipswich and we are currently considering the locations and designs.

“The funding for these works is ring-fenced for junction improvements so cannot be used for road repairs. The designs and locations will be shared in the coming months.”

The news comes just months after the last piece of the £21m Travel Ipswich project, the resurfacing and rebuilding of the Princes Street/Queen Street area, was completed.

That work took five years to finish – and there is no timescale for the new junction work.

The council has said that the work will be spread around a number of junctions in the town, it will not be concentrated at one or two major bottlenecks.

And at this stage it is not possible to say whether any new sets of traffic lights would be installed – or whether changes would only be upgrades to existing signals.

The spokesman said council staff would be considering the needs of other road users – cyclists, pedestrians and users of public transport – as well as motorists when drawing up plans for changes.

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