Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey tweets against 50mph Orwell Bridge speed limit plans

The Orwell Bridge

The Orwell Bridge - Credit: Archant

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey has announced she is against proposals for a 50mph speed limit on the Orwell Bridge.

The Highways Agency hope lowering the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph between Wherstead and Nacton will improve safety and cut the number of and also reduce the severity of any accidents.

There will also be changes to slip road speed limits, including at the Shell service station on the westbound carriageway – identified as a factor in a number of “shunts” on the Orwell Bridge.

The proposals have been supported by Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore.

Dr Coffey this morning tweeted: “I have opposed the Highways Agency proposal for Orwell Bridge 50mph limit & speed cameras but supported 60mph limit & signage”

Business leaders say the traffic congestion in Ipswich and delays for drivers and business transport then has a potentially damaging knock-on effect on the economy.

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