This eye-catching aerial photograph shows how work is progressing on building a “much needed” £6m road scheme designed to ease congestion in north Lowestoft.

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Work on the fifth and final stage of the Northern Spine Road project started in June and is due to be completed next March.

Once the Suffolk County Council project is finished it is said the 1.1km single-carriageway road built between the Millennium Way-Bentley Drive roundabout and the A12-Corton Long Lane junction will ease congestion.

The photograph taken by Mike Page from his plane shows how construction has started on a roundabout for a new junction arrangement at the A12 and earthworks are well underway as the project remains on schedule.

Once work is finished, motorists will be able to travel at 40mph on the new road – 10mph faster than on Yarmouth Road – and the construction of the new roundabout will see parts of Blundeston Road turned into cul-de-sacs.

The county council says that the new road will see more than 80pc of traffic use it instead of Bentley Drive.

Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads, planning and transport said: “The Northern Spine Road project received a £4.63m funding boost from the government last year which meant the fifth and final stage of the road could be built.

“This much-needed infrastructure scheme, which will see a 1.1km single carriageway built connecting the roundabout at Millennium Way/Bentley Drive with the A12, is the final stage needed to complete this.

“Once completed, the road will also include a shared walk and cycleway, which will provide a safe and direct route for pedestrians and cyclists, and remove through traffic and congestion from the residential area of Bentley Drive,” he added.

“It is estimated that 85pc of the traffic that will use the new carriageway would have otherwise used Bentley Drive so I’m extremely pleased that we can lighten the burden on constant traffic down this residential road.”

As previously reported in The Journal, Suffolk County Council had originally planned for traffic lights at the new junction with the A12 Yarmouth Road, but the authority revised its plans to have a roundabout instead.

A county council spokesman said: “Work started on the scheme in June. Work is currently on programme to complete in March 2015.”

Last May, the government awarded £4.63m in funding for the project and the county council is contributing £1.5m.

Council office project update – page 11

15 comments

  • Lowestoft needs desperately a third crossing, to join together the North and South if this is done the northern road makes sense it will complete road system that will take you from the south of Lowestoft to the north quickly, it will also enable the town car parks to be filled up by people who wish to make shopping a Lowestoft a pleasant experience not as it is at the moment a pain in the butt. The reason you don't see people walking or cycling around Lowestoft is they have taken simple route and gone to shop in Beccles where there is adequate car parking free and the shops are enjoying a boom from the stupid traffic systems of Lowestoft. Make Lowestoft work get behind third crossing and flood defences.

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    Peter Colby

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

  • A lot of people moaning about the money not being spent on a 3rd crossing (nowhere near enough needed!) are totally missing the point. Congestion in this town is caused by lots of unnecessary short car journeys, how many people do you see walking and cycling as you travel through town? That speaks for itself.

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    BlueRobin

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • Traffic lights from the south into Commercial road has me confused too. Why? Need a campaign to bring back the temporary lights as used during the roadworks; traffic flowed so much better

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    Grumpygramp

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • The lights in lowestoft were designed by walt disney. over the bridge into commercial road doesn't need lights only comming out. None of the lights are iin sync with each other. London road south most people head to asda as sometimes it's quicker 3 cars go through the lights. from asda twenty cars and then they block the junction its a yellow box not a carpark. The lights on the new road going into the whitton the slip road needs to be longer as cars block the through traffic. the lights are not in working properly after 4pm as normally the traffic take turns in going but between 4-6 the lights going to the whitton miss every second time. I use a bike mondays, thursdays,fridays and sat morn its just easier apart from blue cars trying to knock you off.

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    blackcbr

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • everyone tries to get to the otherside anyway they can its flip a coin and try.

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    blackcbr

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • If this is the fifth and final stage of the road, where are stages 1,2,3 and 4???? Another white elephant for the town, just moving the headache of heavy traffic to someone else's doorstep. Just glad I don't live in Oulton Broad!!!! Congratulations to the SCC Ipswich team,

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    Grumpygramp

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • This is a Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council vanity project supported by this piece of propaganda to try and justify spending £6m. But we are not taken in. Without a third crossing this is just a waste of resources just another piece of countryside covered in concrete and tarmac with a road that will not ease traffic congestion in North Lowestoft. It may benefit the few householders in Bentley Drive and perhaps the developers but what about all the householders in Lowestoft and Oulton Broad who for years have had to put up with the noise and pollution from congested traffic?

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    NorCas

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • ..and still only two bridges.. But wait..They are building a pedestrian cycle bridge to alleviate traffic problems..Phew..Thanks Suffolk Council for realising what's needed..All those pesky pedestrians and bicycles holding up the traffic flow..

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    Eddy K

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • I travel from Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth on a regular basis, but can't think of a time I've ever been held up at this end of town. I work in South Lowestoft and the problem is getting over one of the bridges and I don't think it's just down to the bridges, it the traffic management and the number of traffic lights you have to go through. Personally, I thought the temporary traffic management put in place while the Commercial Road traffic lights were installed worked so much better, just taking the pedestrian crossing out in front of Daisy's Restaurant and stopping traffic coming round on the south bound side round Station Square made a huge difference. It might have been further to drive round the one way system to go south, but the time saving made it worth it. Is this new road really intended to relieve traffic... or is it going to open up access to more land to build more houses, meaning more cars and more traffic around the bridges!?

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    HotChilli

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • ykims - thanks for that. More traffic through Oulton Broad, what a farce!!! Another bonus for the faceless incompetents in Ipswich. Sack the lot I say and give some of the Primary schools the planning job, I'm sure they could do better. If I'm not mistaken Graham Newman was the man who messed up the Middle Schools in town. Where next for him I wonder????

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    Grumpygramp

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Traffic will be able to travel 10mph faster to join the queue either going over the Mutford lock bridge in Oulton Broad, or the Bascule bridge in Lowestoft..... SUPER! Not a problem solved, a problem doubled, well done.

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    ykims

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Excellent. Now build that ever elusive third crossing around the Asda to B&Q roundabout area and you may start to get a decent traffic flow. It'll never get built though... Not that I give a 5hit. I'm moving to Norwich. Boom.

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    Eddie

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • On another note I wonder how long it will be before a Mcdonalds drive-thru pops up beside that new roundabout...

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    BlueRobin

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • @Grumpygramp. They don't - most traffic using the A12 bascule bridge is local traffic, Through traffic is signposted and therefore routed through Oulton Broad and the main intention of this new road is to link direct Millennium Way directly to the A12 dual carriageway and help people avoid Bentley Drive and the Tesco roundabout.

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    BlueRobin

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Can someone tell me how traffic heading south over the bridge on the A12 will access the new road. I'm assuming they will have to head down Denmark Road Peto Way to the top of Millenium Way. Will traffic heading north then take the reverse of this route? If so I'm very confused as the traffic on Denmark Road is already a nightmare heading north. I just hope I'm missing the another planned route.

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    Grumpygramp

    Friday, September 5, 2014

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