Part-time traffic light plan for A12 improvements in Suffolk

Published:
07:16 PM November 1, 2021



Traffic lights planned on the A12 east of Ipswich as part of £53million upgrades could only be used at peak times as motorway experts explore the use of “part-time” signals.

Suffolk County Council received more than 700 responses to a consultation which proposed adding traffic lights to all junctions between Seven Hills and Woods Lane, Melton, except for the Seckford roundabout.

Road planners said they now wanted to explore ‘part-time’ signals to control peak hour traffic flows at Seven Hills, Foxhall, Barrack Square and Anson Road roundabouts.

The A1214 junction already has traffic lights, while the Seckford and Dobbies roundabouts are not planned to have signals.

Other plans include replacing the footbridge in Martlesham, with the addition of another near the Brightwell Lakes development; a bus slip only between the A12 and the A1214; a free-flowing weir at the junction of Seven Hills from Felixstowe and the potential widening of the Adastral Park roundabout to make Gloster Road its own exit.


The planned improvements to the A12 between the Seven Hills and Woods Lane junctions, Melton
– Credit: Suffolk County Council

Elsewhere, plans include traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing at the Anson Road mini-roundabout; increase and widening of the lanes at the Anson Road junction; a separate free traffic lane at the northbound Seckford junction, and a separate pedestrian and cycle lane between the Dobbies and Seckford roundabouts.

Suffolk County Council Cabinet is set to agree to submit a business case plan with a financial request from the Department for Transport on November 9.

Development of the plans will then take place over 12 months, with further public consultation likely next fall, before a final business case.

If approved, the two-year construction period is expected to begin in mid to late 2023.

Richard Smith, Conservative Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Transport Strategy and Waste, said: ‘If we didn’t do anything, we know traffic would get worse, so the kinds of things we plan to do will keep traffic going. moving and will give positive improvements with a new stretch of dual carriageway.”


Richard Smith

Conservative Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Strategic Highways, Transport and Waste at Suffolk County Council, Richard Smith
– Credit: Suffolk County Council

If approved, the scheme would require around 15 per cent of funding to come from local sources – around £8million – which could include contributions from property developers or the County Council’s capital budget.

Keith Welham, transport spokesman for the Green, Liberal Democrat and Independent opposition group, said investment needed to be directed more towards cycling, buses and pedestrians, while Woodbridge councilor Caroline Page said said she could not see how the proposals did anything concrete to improve bus services. users.

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