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Newsletter, April 2008 (Issue 171)

Star Lane Traffic System

The Society believes that the current Star Lane gyratory is the most important problem that the Borough and County Councils have to solve. At the time of writing there is only one mode that can go from east to west -- the internal combustion engine. The west to east is little better. Whenever there is an obstruction elsewhere gridlock ensues. We think the following points need to be taken:

  • Northern By-pass: At a very high cost, a project that is not in Suffolk CC's strategic transport plan and hence not in the Highways Agency's thoughts will not be built for the foreseeable future.
  • The East Bank Link Road will also never be built whilst the Highways Agency feels its junction with the A14 is dangerous.
  • The only relief is therefore a Wet Dock crossing. We feel that the best route is across the lock and thence to Bath Street. The yacht traffic can be coped with by a swing or lifting bridge. If the Dutch can do this there's no reason why we can't.
  • We do not see why strategic infrastructure need wait upon the finalisation of the redevelopment of The Island site.
  • Star Lane itself should be two-way, widened by land acquisition from properties on the north side as they are developed. It should be boulevardised with trees to prevent it turning into an in-town motorway.
  • The traffic lights at the junction with Grimwade Street should be for pedestrian control only.
  • Key Street/College Street should be for buses, taxis, access vehicles and bicycles only. It should be a 20mph paved, shared space area.
  • There should be a frequent east-west bus route along Key Street/College Street.
    Front cover of issue 171 Cover, issue 171

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