Princes Street works

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    Well i didn’t think it would take long. It looks like Anglian Water are the first to dig up part of the recently completed Princes Street paving works. They appear to have a hole in the footpath barriered off on the west side. Will be interesting to see if they reinstate it properly or if we end up with the very first tarmac scar.  Watch this space…

     

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    My money is on a tarmac scar… you just can’t make it up. Always happens in Ipswich!

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    Good news for Ipswich, we really have turned the corner! AW have finished the works and reinstated the footpath to how it was before they started!

    Which led to a walk all the way along Princes St to the station. There is a lot of new office accommodation along there now, not much of it looking occupied yet.  No doubt as mention by Ben G this week it will be a much improved entrance for the town, via the new station forecourt, and down Princes St. Lets pray our hi tech investors choose to walk that way and don’t turn right instead  and go down Burrell Road, (the more obvious route of course to the waterfront and island site) as unless they are a keen amateur wheelie bin spotters or mattress or broken tv collectors) they will not be so impressed..

     

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    Why would anyone come to Ipswich based on … ?:

    • Train station facelift
    • Forecourt revamp

    The concept that it will change the towns economic performance is seriously laughable. I am sure critics will say I am a whinger.

    The internal modifications have made it more difficult to pass through the station… I doubt a Greggs is going to improve the experience.

    The external modifications doesn’t bring anything to the table… buses were there before and they still will be and taxis were there before and still will be. Except, they have moved them around. This will make it more inconvenient for those relying on taxi for their journey… such as their time of arrival or a location not served by a bus route. The public space generated is only going to serve drug-dealers.

    The purpose behind a dedicated taxi rank at the railway station is… it is big business. I have been at the station… to what seems like a never ending stream of taxis, a queue of people formed… one gets in taxi, taxi drives off… the queue moves towards the next taxi, whilst at the same time another taxi is queuing behind another on Burrell Road to turn right into the station.

    My opinion? If it matters, move Freightliner out… keep the existing station pretty much as is, but build an extension over the other side with entrance on Ancaster Road (near bridge). This increases train capacity (this won’t relate in more frequent services but eliminates most problems with broken down trains at stations being in the way) having an extra platform but you can have a bigger waiting area with more selection of retail. Why not bolt on a hotel? I am surprised they haven’t created a “Platform 0” (I suppose you would need to call it the highest number or something extra high like Platform 10) next to Platform 1 to use that piece of track.. that way Felixstowe and Lowestoft wouldn’t need to share a platform.

    So many options but you would need to spend considerable cash to achieve it. When it is franchised out there is no longer-term focus. This said with the state of services provided, I don’t think anyone cares too much about the station… as long as there is platforms where trains stop, toilets and the place isn’t falling down people are “okay” about it.

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