Ipswich Forum

Ipswich Northern Bypass NBP Part 9 (2020)

Join us as we press for the long overdue Northern Bypass bring various benefits (such as reducing air pollution in the town, reducing Felixstowe HGVs, reducing congestion, alternative routes when roads are closed due to an RTC or roadworks etc) for the Greater Ipswich area in particular Ipswich and Kesgrave.
Eleven fire crews tackling major blaze at former Tolly Cobbold Brewery in Ipswich
Eleven fire crews tackling major blaze at former Tolly Cobbold Brewery in Ipswich. A major fire has broken out at the former Tolly Cobbold Brewery in Ipswich. Continue reading.
Ipswich Hospital is being downgraded – why aren’t Suffolk MPs fighting harder to stop it?
Ipswich Hospital is being downgraded – why aren’t Suffolk MPs fighting harder to stop it? Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere has criticised MPs for not doing more to stop planned orthopaedic surgery moving from Ipswich to Colchester Hospital. He outlines the concerns in his latest column.
The Ed Sheeran Exhibition
Finally went this weekend. Prompted by the fact you on longer need to get a ticket so it made it a bit easier so we just walked in. there was still a bloke on the door checking tickets though, so I imagine a lot are still getting them, and of course all the publicly on banners etc still refers to them.
Ipswich Town report dramatic increase in racist, homophobic and xenophobic chanting at Portman Road
Ipswich Town report dramatic increase in racist, homophobic and xenophobic chanting at Portman Road. Ipswich Town club officials say they are tackling the issue of racist, homophobic and xenophobic chanting during matches head on. Continue reading.
Divers spotted on Waterfront as repair work finally starts near Mariners
Divers spotted on Waterfront as repair work finally starts near Mariners. Work has finally begun to repair part of Ipswich Waterfront near the popular Mariners restaurant – after an agreement was reached between businesses. Continue reading.
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt puts an East Anglian mayor back on agenda
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt puts an East Anglian mayor back on agenda. More than three years after plans were shelved, a new attempt to put East Anglian devolution back on the political agenda has been launched by Ipswich MP Tom Hunt. Continue reading.
Colchester chosen over Ipswich for new £30million hospital treatment centre
Colchester chosen over Ipswich for new £30million hospital treatment centre. Patients from Suffolk will have to travel down the A12 for operations in the future - after Colchester was chosen over Ipswich as the site of a brand new multi-million pound orthopaedic centre. Continue reading.
Ipswich northern bypass task group to assess alternatives for town traffic woes
Ipswich northern bypass task group to assess alternatives for town traffic woes. A task force is to be formed to examine how to improve traffic congestion in Ipswich as highways chiefs prepare to formally mothball plans for a northern bypass. Continue reading.
‘This must be the last winter the Orwell Bridge closes completely because of strong winds’ - says MP
‘This must be the last winter the Orwell Bridge closes completely because of strong winds’ - says MP. High winds have forced the Orwell Bridge to close for a total of more than 50 hours since the start of 2020 - leading to renewed calls for action. Continue reading.
Health warning after council team potentially exposed to coronavirus
Health warning after council team potentially exposed to coronavirus. A council team attended a major bus conference in London in which it later emerged a visiting delegate had coronavirus, it has been confirmed. Continue reading.
We must tackle Ipswich’s traffic issues – and don’t write off a northern bypass
We must tackle Ipswich’s traffic issues – and don’t write off a northern bypass. I am fairly sure that there is one thing we can all agree on: the level of traffic congestion in Ipswich is unacceptable. Continue reading.
SnOasis talks ‘nearing completion’ – as council gives project full support
SnOasis talks ‘nearing completion’ – as council gives project full support. Long-delayed plans for a major snow centre in Suffolk have been backed by the district council – which says negotiations are “nearing completion”. Continue reading.
New paving on Ipswich Cornhill about to finish – but more work to come
New paving on Ipswich Cornhill about to finish – but more work to come. Work to repave part of the Cornhill in the centre of Ipswich should be finished at the end of the week – but the final part of the safety programme will not be completed until the early summer. Continue reading.
Will making buses easier to use in Ipswich spark a green revolution?
Will making buses easier to use in Ipswich spark a green revolution? Transport and environmental issues have been all over the news locally and nationally over the last week – and sometimes it’s been incredibly difficult to work out the logic behind those who take positions on these issues. Continue reading.
Bus service in Ipswich
I rarely use a bus but today was an exception. I waited by the fire station for a 66 to cross town and consulted the electronic screen indicated the buses due. It was difficult to consult as the sun was behind it and made it difficult to read but while watching it change as other buses passed it soon became apparent that although appearing quite rational and sane it, in fact, had no relationship to reality.
Why does the Ipswich Society always link to EADT?
Why does the Ipswich Society always link to EADT news articles? The only exception seems to be when the EADT doesn't carry the news story. For the most part the EADT and Ipswich Star has the same news articles but not all articles are available on each other.
Tom Hunt: Letter to Highways England about Orwell Bridge study
Tom Hunt has sent Martin Fellows, Regional Director of Operations for Highways England, a letter regarding the Orwell Bridge aerodynamics study.
Ravenswood Frankie & Bennys and Chiquito to close
Another blow for Ipswich. Frankie & Benny's and Chiquito are looking to sell their Ravenswood restaurants just off Nacton Road. The freehold of the 1.
Tom Hunt: Unleash Ipswich's potential
Latest from Ipswich MP Tom Hunt. .
New coffee shop welcomes its first customers at Ipswich library
New coffee shop welcomes its first customers at Ipswich library. A new coffee shop has opened at Ipswich County Library, meaning users can now enjoy a hot drink or tuck into a pastry while browsing books. Continue reading.
Could bus travel become easier in Ipswich if Suffolk gets share of £5bn government bonanza?
Could bus travel become easier in Ipswich if Suffolk gets share of £5bn government bonanza? Transport chiefs from Suffolk will be talking to the government about trying to get part of the £5bn pot to boost bus and bike usage across the country announced in the wake of the controversial HS2 go-ahead. Continue reading.
Attempted kidnap of woman in Norwich Road during early evening
A woman was said to have been assaulted and attempted to be kidnapped into a silver BMW with blacked out windows at "the top of Norwich Road by the church" (assume Old Norwich Road? or the Barrack Corner end) on Friday evening.

Could Ipswich become the UK first all-electric bus town?

Ipswich Buses and Ipswich Borough Council missed the opportunity for match-funded investment into electric buses. Now the government has a. Why not Ipswich? All electric buses by 2025 years? Very unlikely.
Lane closed over Orwell Bridge after three vehicle crash
Lane closed over Orwell Bridge after three vehicle crash. A crash between two cars and a lorry has closed one lane on the A14 near the Orwell Bridge. Continue reading.
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt wins seat on Commons education committee
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt wins seat on Commons education committee. During his maiden speech last month, Mr Hunt spoke of his struggle with dyslexia and dyspraxia at school and told of his commitment to make life easier for children with special educational needs. Continue reading.

Suffolk County Council Transport Mitigation Strategy for the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area

Travel Ipswich 3. 0 is coming. Be afraid, be very afraid! During the consultation stage of the Ipswich Northern Route, Suffolk County Council was drawing up a "Transport Mitigation Strategy" for Ipswich. All politicians seem complicit with this which may have received support or input from the Stop!
Campaigners and MPs look at new ways of easing Ipswich traffic
Campaigners and MPs look at new ways of easing Ipswich traffic. Campaigners who saw off proposals to build a northern bypass across Ipswich have now drawn up their own report looking at how to ease traffic problems in the town centre. Continue reading.
Tom Hunt hits out at racist stickers found in Ipswich
Tom Hunt hits out at racist stickers found in Ipswich. Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has hit out at racist stickers which appeared in the town over the weekend. Continue reading.
Orwell Bridge to stay OPEN despite high winds
Orwell Bridge to stay OPEN despite high winds. The Orwell bridge will remain open to traffic today, despite strong winds threatening its closure. Continue reading.
Wind speeds could reach 55mph this weekend - putting the Orwell Bridge at risk of closure
Wind speeds could reach 55mph this weekend - putting the Orwell Bridge at risk of closure. A weather warning for high winds has been put in place for Suffolk ahead of the weekend, leading to concerns the Orwell Bridge could again be forced to close. Continue reading.
Orwell Bridge open - but strengthening winds could spark closure
Orwell Bridge open - but strengthening winds could spark closure. The Orwell Bridge currently remains open to traffic this morning – but roads bosses have yet to announce a final decision on whether or not high winds will necessitate a full closure later on. Continue reading.

Could Ipswich’s Bury Road park and ride return after northern bypass rejection?

Could Ipswich’s Bury Road park and ride return after northern bypass rejection? Could Ipswich’s Bury Road park and ride re-open to ease peak-time traffic congestion on Norwich Road? That’s one of a series of proposals from county council transport experts. .
Will the Orwell Bridge be closed?
Will the Orwell Bridge be closed? Highways England has said it will be closely monitoring the Orwell Bridge ahead of forecasted strong winds on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading.
Car flips over after crash near Orwell Bridge
Car flips over after crash near Orwell Bridge. A car has overturned following a collision on the A14 near the Orwell Bridge. Continue reading.
Ipswich Buses App: Universally disliked
The Ipswich Buses App has been available for just over two months on Apple's App Store and Google Play (for Android). The feedback from customers has been really disappointing. Feedback is 3/5 on App Store and 2.

New bid to get government to take over Suffolk’s A12 route

New bid to get government to take over Suffolk’s A12 route. Three Suffolk MPs have asked the government to take back control of the A12 in the county – amid concerns over a lack of investment and recognition of its strategic importance. .
Ipswich fails to make Top 50 Places to Live list
The Halifax Quality of Life index 2020, names four places in the region in the Top 10 it deems as a good place to live ranking performance of the local labour market, the housing market, the environment, education, health, personal well-being and leisure, these are East Hertfordshire (#1), Maldon (#5), Babergh (#8), and St Edmundsbury (#9). This is followed up by South Cambridgeshire (#13), Huntingdonshire (#23), Forest Heath (#26), Rochford (#33), Central Bedfordshire (#37) and Suffolk Coastal (#47). Four of these are in Suffolk (2 making the top 10!
East Anglian Hell: Ipswich Town Centre!
Just reading an interview on the Ipswich Star website with Gina Long and Sackers Managing Director Adrian Dodds, who was born and bred in Ipswich. He describes his East Anglian Heaven as Southwold, and his East Anglian Hell as the town centre in Ipswich! Let us know if you find any decent comments about Ipswich.
Calls for Ipswich traffic problems summit after northern bypass rejection
Calls for Ipswich traffic problems summit after northern bypass rejection. A Suffolk MP who objected to the Ipswich northern bypass has called for a summit of councils to thrash out a solution to Ipswich’s traffic problems they can “all sign up to”. Continue reading.
Noah’s Ark is extending its stay on Ipswich Waterfront
Noah’s Ark is extending its stay on Ipswich Waterfront. A giant replica of Noah’s Ark – which stunned Ipswich when it arrived last year – is extending its stay on the town’s Waterfront. Continue reading.
New Anglia LEP Investment in Ipswich
A quick look at the New Anglia Local Employer Partnership (LEP) funding for Ipswich resulting in £21. 4 million on inward investment from a total pool across Norfolk & Suffolk of £345. 3 million.
A14 Orwell Bridge: 'Lower speed limit would prevent closures'
The Orwell Bridge currently closes when winds get above 50mph (80km/h) - causing traffic chaos. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Stop! Group to morph into "Start! Moving Ipswich Campaign"
What might initially appear some form of a joke, the Stop! group who felt Ipswich had no right sticking a road outside of its borough boundaries are celebrating that the Northern Bypass has ceased (well not quite yet) and are intending to morph into "Start! Moving Ipswich Campaign" where these NIMBYs through the Conservative county council will dictate to govern Ipswich's travel policy.
Orwell Bridge 40mph speed limits for high winds in place by next winter, says Highways England
Orwell Bridge 40mph speed limits for high winds in place by next winter, says Highways England. Reduced speed limits for the Orwell Bridge during high winds are set to be in place by next winter, highways chiefs have pledged. Continue reading.

Ipswich Buses discontinues service update twitter account

Under 2 years later, Ipswich Buses has scrapped its ibserviceupdate twitter account. It seems two twitter accounts were far too hard to manage for the circa £10 million turnover business.
Ipswich northern bypass: Council leader opposes plan
Matthew Hicks says the project could not proceed "with any degree of success". Continue reading. on BBC News website.

Stop! group immediately posts news of 'Northern Bypass cancellation'

Within seconds of an update on the Northern Bypass ceasing, the Stop! group had updated their website of this news. I quote. "***Breaking News*** from East Anglian Daily Times - Northan Bypass Works Officially Ceases" so in a rush they couldn't spell Northern Bypass correctly. .

Northern bypass work officially ceases

Northern bypass work officially ceases. Any further work on pursuing a northern bypass will cease altogether, Suffolk County Council’s leader has said – with a lack of support cited for the axing of the scheme. .
Can an Ipswich northern bypass be delivered for £500m?
Can an Ipswich northern bypass be delivered for £500m? Fresh doubt is being raised over the estimated cost of a proposed northern bypass in Ipswich following the publication of an outlne business case. Continue reading.
When will Highways England commit to action on the Orwell Bridge?
When will Highways England commit to action on the Orwell Bridge? With a northern bypass for Ipswich on the rocks, pressure is mounting on Highways England to deliver solutions which reduce wind-enforced Orwell Bridge closures. Today, we put five urgent questions to the organisation.
We have to accept that Ipswich will not get a northern bypass
We have to accept that Ipswich will not get a northern bypass. There will be some who think I will be celebrating at the news that the Northern Route across Ipswich is set to be finally killed off by Suffolk County Council next month. I won’t.
Ipswich northern bypass opponents keep celebrations on ice
Ipswich northern bypass opponents keep celebrations on ice. Opponents of plans for a northern bypass across Ipswich have put celebrations on hold – but are sure the scheme will be formally dropped by Suffolk County Council’s cabinet next month. Continue reading.

"With champions like Ipswich Star, Ipswich really is doomed!"

Ipswich Star comment (reply) from Mark L regarding EADT/Ipswich Star on the fallout of the Northern Bypass SOBC showing the bias of the Ipswich Star - allegedly the champion of Ipswich - against the Northern Bypass. With added bold emphasis - of course. Which netted this reply. So is Paul Geater looking to retire to the north of the town? Currently in the North West which would benefit by a Northern Bypass.

If the northern bypass is shelved, what needs to happen in Ipswich?

If the northern bypass is shelved, what needs to happen in Ipswich? The northern bypass debate has divided opinion, but one thing most would agree on is that something must be done to improve traffic in Ipswich – but what? .
Reaction: Where do people stand on the Ipswich northern bypass?
Reaction: Where do people stand on the Ipswich northern bypass? The results of the Ipswich northern route consultation has prompted a flurry of responses from civic leaders in the county – both for and against the proposals. Continue reading.
Northern bypass backing fractures as two councils withdraw support
Northern bypass backing fractures as two councils withdraw support. The prospect of a northern bypass to aid Ipswich’s traffic problems appears to be on the rocks, after support for the project splintered. Continue reading.

CSNI MP Dr Dan Poulter's 'oppose the northern bypass' letter

Shortly before the public consultation for the Ipswich Northern Route, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP wrote to all of his constituents - except those in NW Ipswich, of course - scaring them about the northern bypass. He said: The countryside north of Ipswich is valuable land of the most beautiful part of Suffolk. He even name dropped Fynn Valley despite the bypass not directly affecting this area. The Northern Bypass (the term for the project 25 years ago) he says is a "trojan horse" for what he says is a "massive new town" the same size of Bury St Edmunds.
Ipswich northern bypass: 'Majority' against proposals
Some 15,000 homes would need to be built to make a new road around Ipswich viable, say planners. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
£500m Ipswich northern bypass given major thumbs-down by Suffolk public
£500m Ipswich northern bypass given major thumbs-down by Suffolk public. A community the size of Haverhill could be needed to be built around the north of Ipswich to make it economic to construct a new northern bypass, according to the long awaited report into the proposed new road. Continue reading.
Two lorries collide on A14 near Orwell Bridge
Two lorries collide on A14 near Orwell Bridge. Two lorries have collided on the A14 near the Orwell Bridge – in a similar location to where a collision between two lorries caused traffic chaos last Tuesday. Continue reading.

My visit to Ipswich Town Centre today

So weather a bit wet, a little drizzle (very slight) this is my experience. Walking into town from Handford Road, it is good to see the continued work on the Wolsey Theatre annex/extension (yes, not too ambitious compared to developing a cultural quarter, but good to see something happening! ) crossed Civic Drive at the light to go down Elm Street past the magistrates court (opposite side of the road where the permanent temporary car park is) quite quiet.
Tom Hunt asks Greater Anglia: Why weren’t you better prepared for winter crisis?
Tom Hunt asks Greater Anglia: Why weren’t you better prepared for winter crisis? Greater Anglia bosses were told they had not prepared enough before December’s train crisis during a meeting with East Anglian MPs in Westminster. Continue reading.
Reaction: How well have Highways England’s Orwell Bridge plans been received?
Reaction: How well have Highways England’s Orwell Bridge plans been received? The next steps for work to reduce wind closures of the Orwell Bridge have been met with frustration, after initial findings failed to come up with concrete proposals. Continue reading.

Whittards looks like its closing!

I didn't read all the details on the blanked out windows but from the gist it looks like they are closing down the Ipswich Tavern St branch. I've not heard mention of this elsewhere, no aware of any national problems with the chain and the message on the window mentioned being happy to see as at their other stores! So how very sad is that. A shop we use on occasion for coffee and tea, its just the sort of place that adds diversity to the town centre offer, and now its going. Last straw really.
POLL: What needs to be done about the Orwell Bridge?
POLL: What needs to be done about the Orwell Bridge? An early version of the Orwell Bridge report is now public – what do you think should be done to keep it open? Continue reading.
Police at scene of lorry crash on Orwell Bridge
Police at scene of lorry crash on Orwell Bridge. A lorry has crashed into some cones on the Orwell Bridge this morning. Continue reading.

"Goodbye once beautiful Ipswich, I am very sad to see you die this way"

Just something I stumbled across online titled "What happened to this town? " by someone born and raised in Colchester. Makes interesting reading. I have added line breaks, see the original post. I found it quite interesting - a local as such but not a resident - not sure the person's age but he is quite right, Colchester high street was once awful and Ipswich attracted quite a number of people from Colchester back when it was the north most town rather than a town with an ambition to compete with the county town of Chelmsford - now a city and Colchester is also aiming for that too.
A14 Orwell Bridge closure plans revealed
It is estimated closing the A14 bridge costs Ipswich's economy £1m a day. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
A14 Orwell Bridge Overview of Aerodynamics Study
As published by Ipswich Borough Council. Skipping the full content (most is information they always include like facts about the bridge) with brief snippets:- This is quite interesting. .
Revealed: Highways England’s long-awaited plans to avoid Orwell Bridge wind closure chaos
Revealed: Highways England’s long-awaited plans to avoid Orwell Bridge wind closure chaos. Highways chiefs have outlined the next steps to reduce wind closures on the Orwell Bridge – and include options for single-file traffic and slower speeds. Continue reading.
Sandy Martin complains about HMRC receipt references
Former Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin has complained about receiving a "submission receipt reference number" on submission of his tax return, arguing that it is "not user friendly". If anyone wants to know what a 32 character (digits are characters too Sandy! ) code looks like.

Ipswich MP hopeful of Orwell Bridge solutions in place ‘by next winter’

Ipswich MP hopeful of Orwell Bridge solutions in place ‘by next winter’. Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has said he is encouraged by plans to solve the town’s Orwell Bridge closure problems – and is hopeful some solutions will be in place before next winter. .
Jackknifed lorry closes A14 Orwell Bridge westbound
Part of the Orwell Bridge is expected to be shut for "some time" after a crash between two lorries. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Orwell Bridge reopens after police incident
Orwell Bridge reopens after police incident. The Orwell Bridge has reopened after briefly being closed due to a police incident. Continue reading.
Sandy Martin: Ipswich's Clown
Here are a few videos you wouldn't have seen of Labour's Ipswich candidate Sandy Martin:- Hugs a "really brilliant wild animal", promises to make the fox hunting ban stronger Suffolk's hardest working MP with footage of 2017 election result Hi, I am Sandy Martin: Vote Labour Polling Day: do you want a Conservative MP/Government? 4K Fox Tom Hunt (now Ipswich MP) is pro fox hunting.
Ipswich northern bypass result on the way – but no decision soon
Ipswich northern bypass result on the way – but no decision soon. The findings of the consultation into plans for a new northern bypass across Ipswich are to be published by the end of this month – but any decision on what happens next is still likely to be some time away. Continue reading.

Tom Hunt Ipswich MP: 20 questions

Tom Hunt has undertook the Westminster Digital "20 questions" initiative. Briefly. Constituency: Ipswich New Years Eve: Croydon dinner party Best 2019 moment: Getting elected Favourite TV: Game of Thrones Favourite Prime Minister: Churchill Favourite Chocolate: Galaxy Best thing about being an MP: Representing people Worst thing about being an MP: Size of the mail bag! Best thing about Ipswich: Pubs Fish & Chips or Sunday Lunch: Sunday Lunch Weather: Warm KFC or McDs: KFC What came first.
A14 Orwell Bridge closures cost Ipswich '£1m a day'
The Orwell Bridge has been closed twice this week due to high winds posing a threat to vehicles. Continue reading. on BBC News website.

Princes Street Car Park Extension

Great news! Ipswich is to see another temporary car park opening up by Ipswich Borough Council. The car garage on Princes Street will be demolished and will become an extension to the temporary car park on the site of the former Drum & Monkey pub. The Drum & Monkey pub was demolished a year and a half ago. A year previously, plans for a hotel, cafe and shop were floated which appears not to have come to anything as the council moves focus on to the planned MSCP.

Bus fares rise as First Group increases prices on several Suffolk routes

Bus fares rise as First Group increases prices on several Suffolk routes. First Eastern Counties have raised fares on many of its day, week, month and annual bus tickets in Suffolk. .
Skies set to clear as weather improves in Suffolk – and the Orwell Bridge should remain open
Skies set to clear as weather improves in Suffolk – and the Orwell Bridge should remain open. Suffolk is set for a drier day after heavy winds and rain caused by Storm Brendan sparked traffic chaos. Continue reading.
Orwell Bridge OPEN after heavy winds force closure
Orwell Bridge OPEN after heavy winds force closure. The Orwell Bridge has reopened after heavy winds saw the major crossing closed for 10 hours. Continue reading.
Orwell Bridge closure on second day running sparks anger
Orwell Bridge closure on second day running sparks anger. The closure of the Orwell Bridge for the second time in as many days has sparked anger after roads in Ipswich became clogged by traffic as motorists tried to avoid the A14. Continue reading.
Orwell Bridge CLOSED due to strong winds
Orwell Bridge CLOSED due to strong winds. The Orwell Bridge has been closed by Highways England due to strong winds causing traffic chaos across Ipswich. Continue reading.

Orwell Bridge will CLOSE for 10 hours tonight

Orwell Bridge will CLOSE for 10 hours tonight. Highways England have announced that the Orwell Bridge will close from 5pm this evening due to strong winds. .
Final decision on Orwell Bridge closure expected at 2.30pm
Final decision on Orwell Bridge closure expected at 2. 30pm. Highways England will wait until 2.

Orwell Bridge to stay open for now - but more heavy winds forecast for later

Orwell Bridge to stay open for now - but more heavy winds forecast for later. Highways England has said it will continue to monitor weather conditions before deciding whether or not to close the Orwell Bridge later today. .

1 Ipswich 2 Ipswich 3 Ipswich 4 Ipswich 5 Ipswich 6 Ipswich 7 Ipswich 8 Ipswich 9