Ransomes Europark almost full

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    Only three plots remaining at Ransomes Europark in Ipswich

    Only three small sites now remain available on the Ransomes Europark commercial and retail estate in Ipswich following the acquisition of a further 1.34 acres by Edison House Group.

    The sales come quickly after the purchase of an adjoining parcel of land by Coastal Building Supplies and means that less than seven acres still remains unsold on the business park, out of a total of around 220 acres.

    The Edison House Group, whose companies include electrical and engineering contractor CJ Electrical and Eastern Fire Protection, is already represented at Ransomes Europark and its expansion will allow the development of further workshop/distribution space.

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    such a shame with all the wonderful development the local road infrastructure hasn’t kept pace to enable people to get in and out quickly.

    very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,

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    There is no longer an alternative. The Orwell Crossing spur (not to be confused with the Upper Orwell Crossings vanity project) needs to be taken over. There just isn’t the space for a junction to be implemented (besides far too close to J57). A small fix would be to allow traffic (if only cars to avoid lorries backing up on the A14 and blocking the J57 slip road) to enter the Ransomes Europark site through the spur (would need to level the current site and link the road up) which should relieve traffic on the A1189. I have considered various scenarios including closing Bluestem Road as an emergency access only route which would allow traffic to flow better on the roundabout… but this screws over lorries with very few connecting roads.

    There is no real solution to the problem. Much could have been done with the A1189 as land was available and undeveloped… but the restaurants came which would have allowed an additional two lanes to be added to the A1189 from The Havens roundabout to the Ravenswood/Thrasher roundabout. This is unlikely to be a magic fix but increases road capacity enough that around double the cars and lorries can access that section of road without blocking up the roundabouts and having a knock on effect (thus the J57 slip road should in theory always be free).

    Additional land to the south east of Ransomes Way would increase road capacity slightly (including perhaps a give-way turning left into Ransomes Europark as an additional lane which would keep the roundabout clear). The north west land near where Futura Park/Waitrose/John Lewis is could have been used to tweak the road a bit better (can’t do too much as Felixstowe Road is single-carriageway) such as re-site the Sandlings roundabout to the west and increase road capacity with an extra lane towards Felixstowe Road and a lane for the retail park. This would allow an left turn lane into Futura Park too.

    Not my expertise but much better than the road upgrade to the A1189 which people forget has been upgraded as made little difference. This would probably be a 20% improvement. Won’t cure traffic congestion from an closed Orwell Bridge but would ease the rush hour problem. I know some of my suggestions involve moving away the nice landscaping between heavy industry and the road, but both heavy polluters. Alternative options are to upgrade the rail link lol and stick a rail station to serve the area that is Ransomes Europark and Futura Park… this would potentially reduce car numbers for office employees in the area.

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    Ipswich Star comments…

    Now this is good news. Real economic progress, unlike the much trumpeted ‘completion’ of the Winerack, thanks, it seems, to the granting of an unsecured loan at an unknown rate of interest, to some ‘developer’ to get it finished. I mean, the applause was so loud about it that I thought we would see ‘Big’ Ben Gummer awarded a triumph or a ticker-tape parade through the streets of Ipswich! This, on the other hand taken place quietly and efficiently without any fuss. Much better.

    Gobby

    It also highlights why IBC securing the Sugar Beat site as the next job creation location in Ipswich was so important, rather than Babergh letting another out of Town Shopping village develop.

    The Ginge

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