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    Would the Upper Orwell Crossings have helped with the recent bridge closure?

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsJan 4, 2018 with 2 replies and 62 views.

    Sold as a solution to relieve the A14 bottleneck - The Orwell Bridge, the Upper Orwell Crossings is seen by many in political circles as the solution for when the Orwell Bridge is closed. Well, on Wednesday 3rd January 2018, Storm Eleanor came and the Orwell Bridge was closed from 9pm the previous night as a safety precaution. This was only a morning rush hour closure (i.e. not all day including the evening rush hour), most lorries weren't...

    Latest reply: Jordan had already came to the conclusion that the bridge won't really help north of the bridge. I agree the length of the A1214 helps stack up vehicles which cannot happen for shorter routes. They got the funding for supporting the TEN-T A14...

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    Upper Orwell Crossings winter newsletter 2017/2018

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsDec 30, 2017 with 2 replies and 58 views.

    An new Upper Orwell Crossings newsletter has been silently released heralding the success of the a-year-late ground investigation worksbeing scheduled to begin in January 2018.998 999 1000 1001

    Latest reply: Timescales are a worry, they are running between a year and two years behind schedule.1004 The above is taken from the public consultation slides. This assumes no problems with Ground Investigation and consultations... 12 weeks of noisy ground...

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    Upper Orwell Crossings: ground investigations

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsDec 30, 2017 with 0 replies and 38 views.

    The £2.2m Ground Investigations work for the Upper Orwell Crossings will begin 15 January 2018. This will consist of a mile of 28 boreholes (if continuous) up to 80m depth. River based investigations will be 24hours, cable percussion drilling limited to between 7am and 11pm. This should last 'approximately' 12 weeks. Suffolk County Council have avoided giving decibel numbers for the noise of the works. Fortunately we wrote to object to the...

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    Upper Orwell Crossings: Sandy Martin remains doubtful

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsDec 20, 2017 with 0 replies and 36 views.

    On news of the delayed Upper Orwell Crossings ground investigation works due to begin 15 Jan 2018 (initially 2017 with Autumn 2017 consultations - now Autumn 2018) Ipswich MP Sandy Martin appears to be doubtful about the viability of the vanity bridge. Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has not received many representations from residents about the work so far – but does expect to hear concerns soon.He said: “This will affect a significant number of...

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    Upper Orwell Crossings: December Update

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsDec 12, 2017 with 2 replies and 47 views.

    The next stage of this project will be the Ground Investigation work.To inform the design of the crossings, it is important to have detailed informationof the geology in the area and the strength of those materials. Extensive groundinvestigations are therefore planned for the new year. The site compound for thiswork is off Wykes Bishop Street and planning consent has been obtained forthis. Prior to the project team sending out letters...

    Latest reply: I suppose they seek influence as to where it will go. They are running well behind schedule... I have a feeling they will try to fudge it all last moment. The new MP has gone pretty quiet and scrapping the next round of consultations, is...

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    Vanity Bridge consultation delayed by a year

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsNov 30, 2017 with 0 replies and 103 views.

    Suffolk County Council appears to have delayed the consultation for the Upper Orwell Crossings by a year, pushing the project back further. Concerns are raised why they have felt the need to do this. It hints at the cluelessness surrounding basic details of where the bridge will go and the specifications of the bridge. Struggling at these details they cannot exhibit and ask feedback on it. Time to pull the plug? The new ben bridge is...

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    Bankside (Grafton Way) estimates Vanity Bridge at £150m

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsNov 29, 2017 with 0 replies and 149 views.

    Penn Commercial estate agents have hinted at a "£150m new river crossing" in the Bankside Ipswich property particulars. 880 Has the cost of the Upper Orwell Crossings now hit £150m? This is almost double the secured central government monies of £77m. Suffolk County Council is reportedly paying £20m towards the project. What about the other £52m?Estate agents have been known to lie through their teeth to get business, however, it should...

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    Upper Orwell Crossings: August Update

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsAug 6, 2017 with 10 replies and 124 views.

    Not much more new information about the Upper Orwell Crossings (vanity bridge)... what we currently know...In May 2017 there was an Upper Orwell Crossing Navigation Working Group meetingCornhill Redevelopment got approval during purdah to safeguard the investment in return for the vanity bridgeBen Gummer used the vanity bridge as his sole political marketing campaign, which involved t-shirts with the bridge design on.... and subsequently...

    Latest reply: I think Ipswich Society has a meeting in the spring on the UOC.I didn't go to the IMT meeting but I don't think it would have been as constructive as we might have expected. It would have been interesting if you didn't know anything about the...

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    David Ellesmere: "lack of clarity" over Upper Orwell Crossings

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsSep 12, 2017 with 8 replies and 113 views.

    At the most recent "Council" meeting of Ipswich Borough Council, the Labour Council Leader Councillor David Ellesmere responded to the following question " What are plans from the Council to ensure clear information and regular project updates are shared with both the townsfolk and the local MP, to ensure that people don’t jump to the wrong conclusions about the final design and its local impact?"... David Ellesmere: There is a lack of...

    Latest reply: this is unacceptable. so people arrive at the original time ("late") and miss the talk on Ipswich’s largest project for some time!

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    Enterprise Island: no clear plan

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsSep 12, 2017 with 0 replies and 39 views.

    David Ellesmere has said there is no "clear plan" to develop Enterprise Island but the council has received a presentation in the early stages relating to "Enterprise Island" with the concept being developed by land owner ABP. It appears as though the goal is housing and they are waiting on the flood defences before they can proceed.Councillor Ellesmere: There isn’t currently a clear plan to develop the Islandsite and this is not covered...

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    IBC Council Meeting: Upper Orwell Crossings

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsSep 11, 2017 with 3 replies and 56 views.

    Question 2 to be put to Councillor Ellesmere by Ms L AlexanderMs Alexander: This Question is for Councillor Ellesmere. It is reassuring thatthe Council, local institutions and business leaders are seemingly much infavour of the Upper Orwell Crossing project and the significant benefits itcould bring to Ipswich. What are the Council’s intention on actually seeing thisproject through to its final completion given there is also some...

    Latest reply: Here is a link to the meeting minutes and documents... Agenda for Council on Wednesday 26th July 2017, 6.00 pm | Democracy Online | Ipswich Borough Council

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    Upper Orwell Crossings: Timescales And 2020-21 Funding Deadline

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsAug 10, 2017 with 0 replies and 52 views.

    Funding from the government has been secured until the end of the 2020/21 financial year.It is important that consent is obtained in 2017 and work to begin 2019/2020.The £77m budget is capped - no further monies from central government. The current cost is now circa £100m instead of the earlier £60m Wet Dock Crossing estimate.What are the timescales associated with this decision? 13. Government funding for the schemes has been secured...

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    Upper Orwell Crossings: From £60m To £98m In 2 Years

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsAug 10, 2017 with 0 replies and 52 views.

    How much would the Upper Orwell Crossings cost the taxpayer?In 2014 as part of the build up to the following years General Election campaign, Ben Gummer stated the Wet Dock Crossing (as it was known at the time) would cost £60m. (Third paragraph in the image)290 What is now apparent is figures of close to £100m are being suggested as the end cost. If we take the figure of £98m which has been officially circulated, at the time of the...

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    Upper Orwell Crossings: More Important Than Copdock Interchange?

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsAug 10, 2017 with 0 replies and 39 views.

    Look on Google Maps (with traffic layer) at pretty much anytime of the day, what do you notice? A mandatory red mark on the northbound A12 carriageway at Copdock Interchange. Most of the time, the westbound slip road off the A14 is no better either. 286 Similar story on waze...287 Same on Traffic England website... 288 Half 3... school holidays (no school run), not peak rush hour... traffic gets much worse than this. Is Copdock a...

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    Upper Orwell Crossings: Is It About Social Class?

    by dan5 in Upper Orwell CrossingsAug 7, 2017 with 0 replies and 86 views.

    So why resurrect the Wet Dock Crossing plans and put this before plans of a Northern Bypass when all those who are strongly in favour of the Upper Orwell Crossings (including Colin Noble who has been forced to step in) have seemed content that we need both? Is there a valid purpose of improved infrastructure to the south of the town centre, with housing growth to the north (Northern Fringe) and north east (Adastral Park)? Not to mention...

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