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Newsletter, April 2008 (Issue 171)

A Northern By-pass?


The Society opposes the Northern By-pass on the following grounds:

  • The proposed rationale is to provide a relief route to the Orwell Bridge; we need to have traffic figures to confirm that a substantial number of users of the by-pass would otherwise have gone through Ipswich when the bridge is shut; presumably these would only be going from Felixstowe to the north and vice versa.
  • An A14 block does not occur sufficiently often to justify a new route.
  • The actual delays around the Star Lane gyratory system need to be quantified; currently at rush hours several minutes are lost but we need to know how many would have used a northern by-pass.
  • All new roads generate more traffic, which is clearly not sustainable in any sense of the word for the foreseeable future.
  • The new road would go through an area of green countryside which is largely untouched.
  • It would be vehemently opposed by all residents north of the Borough, thereby creating an unpleasant town versus country atmosphere.
  • It is not in Suffolk CC's Transport Plan and hence not in the Highways Agency's long term plans. There is thus no funding, as stated above.
    Front cover of issue 171 Cover, issue 171

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