'Ipswich - Transport Fit for the 21st Century'
To provide background to the Government's £21m-£25 investment
in upgrading transport in Ipswich, here are some actual quotations
from the official document. The proposals have already had a bad
press with many motorists lining up to be sceptical or hostile. The
Society will consider the proposals carefully because they contain
much of interest.
Ipswich is an important and vibrant county town, performing a wide
range of roles for its residents, hinterland, and business and cultural
communities. It has a long and rich history. In recent decades,
it has adapted to the dominance of the car mode. The concept of
the 'Ipswich-Transport Fit for the 21st Century' Major Scheme is to
implement a coherent and concerted package of measures covering
all aspects of travel in the wider Ipswich area. The objective is
to achieve a significant shift to more sustainable travel- from
car to bus and active modes, while responding to the targets for
supporting residential and employment growth. Integral to the
Scheme itself are information components to inform and encourage
this shift in travel habits.. "
"Town centre travel
The challenge is to offer safe, attractive and convenient walk and
cycle links to minimise cross town centre traffic ..... "
Ipswich has a dense and constrained radial suburban development
pattern, both suitable for serving by bus and unsuitable for the
car ..... and there is a challenge to redesign and expand the bus
service capacity to serve the town centre, the new residential
developments and the edge of town concentrations of employment
Ipswich is a county town providing vital employment ... to the
surrounding area. The railway services, the inter-urban bus services
and the Park and Ride sites all perform important but limited
roles ... The challenge is to expand these roles in an attractive and
cost effective way."
[Please note that word 'expand' - Editor]