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Relief at last in Lowestoft as major roadworks come to an end

PUBLISHED: 11:26 17 May 2014 | UPDATED: 14:56 17 May 2014

Traffic chaos in Lowestoft due to road works and a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian on the junction of Commercial road.

Traffic chaos in Lowestoft due to road works and a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian on the junction of Commercial road.

Major roadworks by Lowestoft’s bascule bridge to improve traffic, pedestrian and cyclists’ access have been completed.

The Suffolk County Council work at the Commercial Road/A12 junction will enable traffic to turn right out of Commercial Road.

Traffic signal engineers from the council are now carrying out checks and testing the traffic light system to ensure it is operating properly, and it will be reviewed over the next few days.

The initial set signal timings will continue to be reviewed as traffic flows and patterns develop over the coming days.

A new pedestrian and cycle crossing across Commercial Road and the widening of the footpaths on the west side of Station Square have also been finished.

The county council work started in late January and had led to major tailbacks for traffic, until a temporary one-way system was set up in March by the Highhways Agency which 
banned southbound vehicles entering Station Square from Denmark Road.

It is hoped the Highways Agency one-way system may be set up permanently, as it was intended to solve long-standing traffic problems in the town.

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, said: “The completion of these works is great news for those travelling in and around Lowestoft town centre, also for those travelling south out of the town onto the A12.

“I pledge to ensure that the new system at Station Square is closely monitored going forward to ensure this part of Lowestoft continues to flow and operate as it should.”

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