Belstead Road speed may be cut

PROPOSALS to reduce the speed on one of Ipswich's main access roads are being put out to public consultation.The entire length of Belstead Road from Burrell Road to Stoke Park Drive could be subject to 16 separate speed cushions, three raised pelican crossings, two zebra crossings, and a mini roundabout at the junction with Stone Lodge Lane.

PROPOSALS to reduce the speed on one of Ipswich's main access roads are being put out to public consultation.

The entire length of Belstead Road from Burrell Road to Stoke Park Drive could be subject to 16 separate speed cushions, three raised pelican crossings, two zebra crossings, and a mini roundabout at the junction with Stone Lodge Lane.

On the narrow section of Belstead Road between Badgers Bank and Girton Road, there are plans to either close it to all traffic except cyclists or make it one-way southbound, with speed humps, for all traffic, with cyclists allowed to travel northbound.

Sandra Graffham, a spokesman for Suffolk county council said: "Speed cushions would reduce the speed of cars, but would allow wide-axled vehicles such as busses or ambulances to pass over them without jolting passengers.


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The various schemes have been drawn up by independent consultants and funding will come from the developers of the Thorrington Hall housing estate at Belstead Brook, which has led to a massive rise in the number of cars using Belstead Road.

An exhibition is to be held at St Joseph's College on Friday March 14 (2-8pm) and March 15 (10am-4pm), at which members of the public can question council officers and put forward their views on the traffic management proposals.

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"This scheme has been devised to help residents along Belstead Road cope with the increased traffic," said Ms Graffham. "If they don't like what is being proposed, then it won't happen."

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