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End of the road for Ipswich bypass

February 4, 2020 3:54 PM
By Oliver Holmes
Originally published by Ipswich Liberal Democrats

Suffolk County Council have published the result of the Ipswich Northern Route Consultation.

Ipswich Northern Route

Suffolk County Council has been gathering feedback from district and borough councils ahead of a decision at its meeting on February 25 but has recommended that further work on pursuing a northern bypass cease altogether.

The Suffolk County Council leader said - a lack of support is cited for the planned axing of the scheme.

The Inner Route was the clear favourite but the Strategic Outline Business Case identifies serious concerns over political and public support, together with an acknowledgement that any new road would not get central government funding and would have to be paid for by building at least 15,000 new homes. Today, Mid-Suffolk and East Suffolk District Councils removed their support from the project.

Ipswich Lib Dem Cllr. Oliver Holmes says: "Ipswich Liberal Democrats have said for some time that funding would not be available and more sustainable transport options were the only solution to congestion and pollution in Ipswich. It seems the Northern Route will make it a hat-trick of failures for Suffolk Highways, joining the Upper Orwell Crossings and the Three Villages Bypass in the trash bin."

Source: Ipswich Lib Dems

Ipswich Evening Star