Ipswich traffic chaos set to continue tonight and tomorrow

DRIVERS face more misery on the roads of Ipswich tonight and tomorrow morning as traffic lights create problems on one of the town's major routes.

DRIVERS face more misery on the roads of Ipswich tonight and tomorrow morning as traffic lights create problems on one of the town's major routes.

A crash in the town centre has also caused problems on the roads tonight. The two-vehicle collision in Grimwade Street at about 5.20pm was not serious but led to massive traffic jams around the area. There were no injuries caused but the road was partially blocked while one of the vehicles was waiting to be recovered. Normal traffic flow was expected to be resumed by 6.30pm.

Meanwhile the lights, on Wherstead Road, are in place as National Grid continues working in the road - and the company this afternoon said it is not known when the work will be finished.

It comes after motorists faced delays of up to 40 minutes as they battled to get into the town centre this morning, with tailbacks stretching back up Bourne Hill and onto the A14 slip road.


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Two-way traffic lights are in place along the road but are being controlled manually at peak times to control traffic flow.

Although the work to find the source of the leak was due to be completed tomorrow, Sara Wilcox, a spokeswoman for National Grid, could not guarantee when the road would be cleared.

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She said: “It is quite a busy stretch of road so we are working to get it done as quickly as possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

Also this morning a rush-hour smash closed West End Road, adding to the chaos.

Commuters were caught in long delays after a silver Mazda was in collision with a blue Rover outside the Mazda garage at 7.15am.

Emergency services used hydraulic cutting equipment to free three men from the Mazda who were then taken to Ipswich Hospital.

A 42-year-old man was placed on a spinal board suffering possible neck and spinal injuries.

A woman driving the blue Rover, which had been coming from the Yarmouth Road direction, was released when the roof was cut from her vehicle but was able to walk free of the wreckage.

Witnesses to the West End Road crash are asked to contact Suffolk Police's Roads Policing Unit on 01473 613500.

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