Labour warns of 20 more weeks of road chaos across Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 January 2015
As work is about to restart on the Travel Ipswich project, the opposition Labour group at Suffolk County Council has warned that motorists should prepare for another 20 weeks of misery on the town’s roads.
And it has questioned claims from the Conservative administration at Endeavour House that the scheme is entering its “last phase” – pointing out that changes at Woodbridge Road, the railway station forecourt, and Queen Street have not been mentioned.
Labour roads spokeswoman Sandra Gage said completing all these works could take another year – meaning the entire Travel Ipswich Project would be running 20 months behind schedule.
She said: “Suffolk County Council has yet to convince residents that Travel Ipswich is going to have been worth three years of traffic chaos.
“I think residents have been extremely patient, given the junctions that have been altered still do not seem to deliver improvements.
“For example at the Princes St/Grafton Way Junction, the change-over times between phases are already making the traffic move less freely, not more. And the pedestrian phases at a number of junctions are too short.”
Her group believes that while the announcement sounded positive, it was probably only warning motorists in Ipswich of up to a further 20 weeks of road closures and diversions.
She added: “Rather than sneaking this announcement out while most people are away, perhaps the county council should offer a full explanation of what the actual timescale is.
“It seems to me Suffolk County Council has run this project with minimal project planning and no regard to Ipswich residents who have had to live with years of traffic chaos.”
The county council confirmed this week that work will restart on the project on Monday at the Cauldwell Hall Road/Spring Road junction and will continue at Hadleigh Road and at the Norwich Road/Valley Road/Chevallier Street junction over the next few weeks.
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