Traffic Counters Everywhere!

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    The street of Ipswich have sprouted many traffic counters across carriageways over the last few days, personally seen and driven over several in Wherstead Road, all the way out ot the A14, Dogs Head St and little old Turret Lane in the town centre, also reported in Norwich Road area as well.Who’s doing what and for whom?

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    I am surprised at some of those roads.

    I would guess (probably wrongly) the Wherstead Road one is for traffic modelling the Upper Orwell Crossings and the other two is to determine how many people violate the restrictions.

    I will see what I can find on it.

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    Add in Christchurch street,  pretty much everywhere I’ve been

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    Is someone setting up just before you arrive I wonder? lol

    I couldn’t find anything about it online.

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    Seen several more today, including Selkirk Road.

    So what ever they are doing it’s got a big scope, it’s not just a few roads.

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    I am still none the wiser. Phase 2 traffic study? I have not seen any documents suggesting funding has been secured for such a study and some of those roads seem a bit unlikely. I doubt some of those roads would be the Radial Routes tender the borough recently undertook but it is possible.

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    London Road, and more spotted todaY… this has to be a significant studY given how manY there are. I think further out one was out of the Borough up Hadleigh Road.

    We could ask Finch, apparently the work for us…

    https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/highway-maintenance/how-were-working-for-you/

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    Talking of London Road…

    Drainage improvement schemes
    Our drainage schemes reduce the risk of standing water on
    roads, pavements and cycleways across the county. By the
    end of the 2016/17 financial year we will have invested a
    total of £1.2 million in more than 65 drainage improvement
    schemes, and around 20 of these are scheduled in to be
    completed between now and the end of March.
    We are planning for the 2017/18 programme, which will
    mainly focus on schemes that will prevent property flooding.

    I have reported it countless times about how bad the surface water is and how parts get very flooded, but Suffolk County Council won’t fix A1214 London Road. Even at the top of Crane Hill, when it has been raining, big puddles appear… inadequate drainage. For Travel Ipswich they redid the traffic lights including moving the island over but no intention of sorting out the problem.  Same for the traffic light junction near Suffolk One.

    Edit: Surprised part is on the list.. “A1214 London Road / Scrivener junction Drainage 2019-2020” So they are going to wait 2 years just to sort that part out but the others haven’t been identified.

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    all they need to improve the drainage and reduce the puddling on some roads is clean out the gutters a couple of times a year instead of leaving them untill full of silt and a foot high with weeds! In fact since banging on about cleaning gutters around my area last spring I’m still not sure if they have ever  been done.  I have a feeling the weeds may have got sprayed, as they did go brown, or died off over the winter..

     

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    Yes, it is simple steps… and it is a similar attitude as to why people generally are against the Cornhill redevelopment proposals, why spend £3m on a small area which requires ongoing maintenance when smaller amounts of money could be spent to keep the town from looking too rundown?! The fountains aren’t going to be working after 6 months… either broken or turned off to save money/upkeep. The other square redevelopment – Westgate Square/Theatre Square – as the current Spiral Car Park site, used to have a water feature with a similar outcome…

    I have to admit despite the Spiral Car Park site being very dated it isn’t a too bad piece of architecture… it is different (probably not unique) and the landowner could have utilised it better and created a tourist attraction/tourist trap. I am hoping they have a tenant for a nice restaurant on site which will rival the Ipswich Waterfront. I will stop before I get too off topic!

    I am sure the temporary quick fix you mentioned would be adequate to sort the problems out on London Road etc. too. I think Travel Ipswich will be finished in 2019 (won’t put money on it though lol) so the complete closure of the junction of one of the main routes coming into Ipswich will be another headache… I doubt Suffolk Highways will close a lane and do it in stages, not really their style… neither is finishing on schedule!

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    From my County Councillor following an email to him;

    The traffic surveys are being carried out by a consultants on behalf of the Transport Strategy team at Suffolk County Council. The surveys are to capture the traffic numbers, types and speeds of vehicles in the east of the county and Ipswich. The Transport Strategy team need this information to capture the data for future safety or major schemes.

     

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    Translation for us ordinary folk they are looking at potential speed limits being introduced; I am sure they aren’t using it to work out how much of a failure Travel Ipswich is. Sadly, before the former project has been complete they are looking at new ways of creating havoc to discourage people using their cars. This is despite deinvesting in Park & Ride and axing the free shuttle service (from August).

    The councils don’t want people using cars but there isn’t any credible alternative – especially the small amount of out-of-town shoppers and day visitors we will soon be losing. Meanwhile the borough is about to finally rebuild Crown Car Park… and is tendering out a report on VMS signs to let people know parking space availability (including on an app!! how dangerous)… we really need an Unitary Authority as it continues that depressing and hassle “experience” of shopping or travelling in Ipswich. One council doesn’t mind you parking whilst the other is making that experience as troublesome as possible.

    First seem to really be utilising good ideas for the Park & Ride after SCC has reduced red-tape (i.e. funding) – other than reduced frequency of course – but its too much too late in my eyes. Might not make it after a year (i.e. after the festive period!). This is a major shame as the offer in Ipswich is growing slowly-but-surely.

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    Interesting that the are carrying out this surveY work now after the case for the bridges has been agreed, surely theY would have needed bang up to date info to do the studies for those. I guess theY do need the data, in fact it’s vital, and its good theY are doing it but can’t help think there is a specific motive. I only started the thread as to me the number of survey points around the town is unprecedented, You occasionally come across a couple here and there, but there are dozens of these. Last time I recall anything significant like this was a couple of years ago  (or 3 or 4) I think, the used cameras for the works, and lots of those sprouted up for a few weeks.

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    Ben Gummer had to go ask central government for funding, so everything including figures were fabricated to support the case (or a “business case”). I am surprised why more people haven’t rejected the pathetic claims of multiple billion pound injection to the local economy from a short single carriageway bridge!

    You are spot on, Ipswich has never had so many simultaneously and this all started after the Conservatives got back in (with increased numbers) at the county council and the Bixley councillor got assigned as Cabinet member for Ipswich, specially to deal with all things Waterfront (to cover Ben Gummer who would have more important duties to do then follow through with the bridge).

    The traffic modelling for the Upper Orwell Crossings was ludicrous – computer modelling based upon not knowing where and how the bridge will connect to the current system. I cannot believe how much money Ipswich got for a silly vanity bridge. I am really concerned about the Toryfication of the Ipswich Waterfront… it will backfire, already seeing increased homelessness around the town centre.

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