Ranelagh Road Closure – Ipswich Railway Station forecourt improvement scheme

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    Ranelagh Road Closure (part) 10-weeks estimated for:-

     

    replacing traffic lights
    upgrading street lighting
    National Grid gas main works
    new bus and taxi shelters
    replacing road markings and signs on all three approaches to the station
    resurfacing of the station forecourt area – bus and taxi lanes

    I wonder if the “replaced road markings” will result in pushed-back stop lines and introducing of ASL on Burrell Road and Princes Street. More than likely. This isn’t shown on the artist-impression however.

    Improvements to Ipswich Railway Station forecourt project artist impression

    20 February 2017 to 9 April 2017

    10 April to 13 April 2017 24 hour road closure

    No right turn!

    Night closures – 18 April to 21 April and 23 April to 30 April 2017 – 9pm to 5am including weekends

    Ipswich Station Forecourt Resurfacing – 4 day 24 hour closure – dates to be confirmed
    The railway station forecourt will need to be closed for the resurfacing of the taxi and bus lanes. Access will still be available for pedestrians throughout the closure. Temporary bus stops will be provided, taxis will be relocated to the drop off point and these will be clearly signposted on site.

    Summer 2017 – Anglian Water works – dates to be confirmed
    Anglian Water is planning water main works in the Ipswich Station area in summer 2017 and the dates of these works are to be confirmed.

    Suffolk Highways will return to the site following the completion of the Anglian Water works to resurface the road later in the year. Resurfacing of the road will take place during overnight closures. More information will be available at http://www.roadworks.org once the dates are confirmed.

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    Travel Journal…

    Monday 20 February 2017

    Traffic not too bad in morning rush. I timed my departure to capture the school run and dash to work. I am expecting it too be much worse later. The Monday following half-term might mean many taking a long weekend off.

    Between 8am and 8.15am the traffic didn’t look any busier than usual in fact it seemed quieter.

    By the time Park & Ride 800 from London Road departed (approx 8.28am if by schedule) it was apparent the traffic was queuing back as far as the A1071 junction. So much in fact, the Bus Lane should be relaxed during such works to try to prevent this (despite the bottleneck further ahead). The bus driver had no option but to wait at the lights to prevent blocking the junction.

    Cars in the left lane waited patiently to filter into the right lane (as the left lane becomes the bus lane) which only ended up delaying the bus.

    At the Robin Drive junction (unusually busy as cars rat raced through Kingfisher Avenue no doubt) cars were daring to come across – instead of waiting at the lights they were diagonally stacking themselves behind another in the centre to beat-the-lights while they weren’t red but avoiding getting in the way of the A1214 traffic westbound. This behaviour only hindered progress of the A1214 traffic from Copdock.

    Handford Road and the junctions seemed to be coping not too bad. I got off the bus at 8.52am so despite the earlier congestion it wasn’t all too bad.

    I then got on the 6A bus towards my office at Epsilon House on Ransomes Europark – the traffic on the A1214 didn’t look too bad. It shouldn’t be in theory, but going past the railway station on Burrell Road or Princes Street and Grafton Way, to Bridge St and the Star Lane Gyratory is a common way to get across town. Crown St wasn’t too busy in particular either.

    I am expecting it too get much worse in the evenings… school run and rush hour. It will be a complete disaster if the bridge closed or an incident on the A14 (even partial lane blockage), the same for an RTC at a junction anywhere along the A1214 etc. Handford Road gets really bad late afternoon and evenings so whether or not that has a noticeable effect on Yarmouth Road/West End Road junction etc. we will just have to wait and see.

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    Due to A14 Orwell Bridge incident today I didn’t leave until much later after the rush hour.

    If Ipswich Star’s article is to be believed it was just a break down. On Waze a couple of reports of a RTC at J57 A14 and the CCTV/TrafficCam was switched off. So I am not sure whether there was another incident later on or whether it was the initial one causing problems… later was rush hour so you expect more traffic on the roads and for traffic to have cleared from the earlier Orwell Bridge stoppage.

    I didn’t witness any major traffic woes from 8pm but A1214 London Road was quite busy for the time. Rather quiet around Ancaster Road Bridge. The actual roadworks was a small section near the railway station. From my view point about a third of the red box diagram above. I wonder whether they could have left one lane open at a time to minimise disruption? A bit annoying waiting for 5 minutes at a bus lay-by near Hawthorn Drive shops on the diverted Ipswich Buses route 13 service… appears they have given the temporary timetable a lot of time at night rather unnecessary… and probably not enough time in the day!

    I think tomorrow will be much worse and Thursday might be the worse of all.

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    Surely if it isn’t near (i.e. slip road etc.) it has to be on the Orwell Bridge?! Disappointed it wasn’t recorded as an incident on the Orwell Bridge and it wasn’t officially recognised as closed, even if temporary… you can clearly see no traffic flowing on the above TrafficEngland Traffic Cam. The police etc. did a good job to reopen the westbound carriageway. They likely temporarily shut the westbound carriageway for safety. Ipswich Star seemed to blame the Shell garage again! Although it is clearly a problem, it has nothing to do with todays A14 woes… the breakdown happened nowhere near the Shell garage supposedly and I assume they didn’t just come from the Shell garage on the A14.

    Town102 a bit daring – other are saying between junctions avoiding saying “Orwell Bridge”:-

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    Reports this morning of very heavy traffic in the town with extra delays to the norm. Colchester Road Valley Road solid with traffic and barely moving extra early as well. Is this people now taking the Northern route around the town rather than cutting South along Ranelagh Road and Burrell Road?

    Thursday could be interesting with storm Doris hitting the town during the daytime with 60plus mph winds forecast. Can we expect a bridger closure?

     

    I'm really quite cross now, so watch out!

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    Yesterday I worked from home.

    Wednesday 22nd February 2017

    This morning I left to get the first P&R bus, settled for the second. At 7.05pm the roads were fine. A few more lorries on the A1214 I assume due to high winds. Realising how punctual school kids are these days I chose the 4 with a long walk instead of the 6A. The 4 went to the railway station first, (rather annoying but got an insight on the work being done), being on a double decker bus I could see clearly that in addition to replacing the kerbs for the pedestrian crossing they have dug a trench along the entire width of the road but no more than half a metre wide? I assume this is due to the cabling for the UTMC system… this could have been easily achieved by closing one half of the road at a time in my opinion – or traffic lights. They aren’t planning to resurface the roads until later in the year.

    Traffic is likely to be influenced by the local rag saying “no plans of closing the bridge yet” due to high winds… it might happen tomorrow, it might not, but unlikely today or yesterday (although that has now been confirmed as the day is over!) I don’t blame the lorries avoiding the bridge (although they shouldn’t be using our road network if not coming here).

    Many car drivers are probably anticipating a closure so avoiding the bridge. Not surprising how some won’t take interest in the important details like date and time – windy bridge assumed shut mentality. People gauge speed of traffic flow and make a decision. If the A14 seems to be much slower than 70mph (the 60mph zone doesn’t help) people panic and use the A1214. This is why something as trivial as a car stopping on the hard shoulder… or lorries going slower approaching the bridge when windy, can have a major knock on effect. They tried it elsewhere with smart motorways with variable speed limits – by making the traffic slower but flowing – mixed success. The real reason is emission reductions but to a certain extent sometimes it helps traffic flow a little better but only due to the majority of driving styles out there these days.

    To answer you, it is partly that. People will choose the A1214 old Ipswich Bypass to get across town – makes sense when it is windy to avoid past experience some drivers may have of getting stuck on bridge not moving.  Most people in the south of town that I know of see 3 routes across town… old Ipswich Bypass A1214 (via Yarmouth Road), Orwell Bridge A14 and past the railway station on to Star Lane gyratory. Avoiding the traffic lights near Willis and Crown Street (Handford Road gets bad – Portman Road lights didn’t help).

    We can expect a bridge closure – not just because of high winds (I previous stated high winds last time and nothing came to it) but because the storm has a name, already in the press. The A1214 Ipswich Bypass will be busy tomorrow regardless – in particular lorries. I will be waiting for updates!

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    When I got off Ipswich Buses route 4 service bus this morning, I had to walk to my office from Bixley Road A1189. The bus which left 4 minutes ago as timetabled actually didn’t, it went past a couple of minutes later when I got half-way down that stretch of Felixstowe Road. Some guy thought I was following him but he was reverse following me, very frustrating. I popped into Sainsburys, so did he, walked through the archway, so did he; got a small trolley, so did he. I had to go through the right door instead of the left and practically go into the cafe… how some people assume anyone else using the pavement in addition to them is someone following them is silly. At first he started slowing down, but then he started speeding up. He wanted me to “overtake” him in the mud. Another observation… So many cyclists using that pavement in Felixstowe Road.

    Tonight coming home in the miserable wet weather (but mild overall). Ipswich Buses route 6A service bus was 3 minutes late. No traffic on the road; within the 5 minute late window. Bus almost empty. If the bus was busy dropping off passengers on route it would stop for less time/not at all at Ipswich Hospital. Extended fag break for the driver? Driver was okay. Couple minute delay meant I missed my preferred  connection. Waited at the bus stop for 5 minutes for the Ipswich Buses route 13 service bus to arrive. Bus left on time. Diverted around the rail station roadworks. Outside the Shell Garage on London Road is a yellow temporary signpost saying “DIVERSION END” despite still part of the diversion route.

    I am very annoyed with the frequent stopping on the Ipswich Buses route 13 service… Cardinal Park, top of West End Road (for extended period of time), bottom of West End Road (just before the flooding), Birkfield Drive, Hawthorne Drive shops… for goodness sake! On a quick timetable compare between usual and temporary it appears they have given the temporary night timetable 11 additional minutes than usual. The diversion is unlikely to add more than 4 minutes to the timetable at night.  Buses just wait running, polluting for no extra gain. Other passengers were frustrated of having to wait. They have totally ballsed up the temporary timetables… just burning fuel unnecessarily. The driver seemed bored already, just day 3 into the temporary timetable. Hopefully their operation isn’t as bad as rumoured, the fuel bill is going to increase considerably, will passengers pick up the bill?

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    Due to Storm Doris, I worked from home!

    Thursday 24th February 2017 

    Traffic much quieter today. Ipswich Park & Ride 800 08:16 left 3 minutes late at 08:19 which was a bit annoying as I would have made that bus instead I waited for it to leave before getting the next one which left on time give or take a minute at 08:29. Is everyone in bed still recovering from yesterday? Transferring on to Ipswich Buses 6A traffic was quite light, traffic started to pick up around 9.30am which would normally be when the traffic decreases.

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    This evening (Friday) bus journeys were interesting. The 21.16 route 6A bus was 5 minutes late. The driver was driving like a maniac (exaggeration) – foot down! Crazy taxi style. Hold on and hope for the best. At such a speed not sure how he got late in the first place. Jumped a red light too on Duke Street I believe.

    The 21.45 service 13 bus left 5-6 minutes late which I was okay with as it was less time waiting at bus stops. Some nutter got on the bus asking the driver what time the bus gets to Tesco (20 past?) the driver confirmed 16 minutes past. He got off the bus (struggling to pick up a timetable on the way off) approximately half-way to Tesco.

     

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    Tuesday 28 February 2017

    09:28 P&R was 4 minutes late. I got on the 09:40 Park and Ride service which diverted through Hadleigh Road. At the lights waiting to turn right into West End Road, an articulated lorry for AAH Pharmaceuticals jumped the red light… the lights were green for us before the cab even passed the stop line on Yarmouth Road. I got the Ipswich Buses 6 today, bus driver was very helpful assisting with a passenger with a wheelchair which was really nice.

    At this time the Ranelagh Road closure doesn’t seem to have made such a big impact to traffic in the direction the P&R bus was heading.

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