Consultation starts for new Lowestoft crossing

Suffolk County Council's consultation on multi-million pound plans for a new crossing over Lake Lothing has got under way in the Lowestoft 60+ Club Suffolk County Council's consultation on multi-million pound plans for a new crossing over Lake Lothing has got under way in the Lowestoft 60+ Club

Saturday, June 21, 2014
2:58 PM

A major consultation over plans to ease congestion in Lowestoft by building a multi-million pound crossing over Lake Lothing has got under way.

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Suffolk County Council (SCC) has identified three possible locations for the crossing and is asking people for their views on where it should be.

An exhibition of the proposals opened at Lowestoft 60+ Club in Clapham Road South yesterday and will continue until 4pm today before moving to the Marina Customer Service Centre on Monday, where it will remain for four weeks.

The options for the new crossing are a bridge to the west of Bascule bridge, one further up Lake Lothing at Silo Quay and then one at the adjoining Brooke Business park.

Details of current flood defence work and future plans for protecting the town from the sea are also on display.

The exercise is being carried out by consulting firm WSP on behalf of SCC.

Consultants and council officers are on hand to answer visitors’ questions.

Paul Moss, SCC’s programme manager, urged people to get involved with the consultation and make their views known.

“Flooding and the road scheme are two crucial issues for the town and the more people that get involved the better,” said Mr Moss. “It will affect their futures and the futures of their children and grandchildren going forward.”

The current consultation is seeking to identify a location for the crossing and the next stage will be to look at the detail of the crossing design.

The evidence gained from this exercise will help form the basis of SCC’s justification for government funding for the crossing project, which is expected to take 10 years to complete.

■The consultation can be viewed online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/your-council/decision-making/consultations

11 comments

  • Pleasing to note that there is constructive comment.going on. Two things that fail to get mentioned, probably not PC. are (a) consultation, and (b) politics democracy Purely to offer my opinion that I am entitled to: (a) a public consultation nowadays is offering you a chance to say something about a subject that will be totally ignored by those offering it. (b) politics democracy. The third crossing is beyond politics, it being for the common good of all. However, in Lowestoft and Suffolk there is political posturing whereby democracy is suppressed. The people have no choice. Democracy locally is when you do what they tell you. As to the third crossing, the subject could not be simpler. Colby's Way should be one choice of FOUR. The consultation and those who set it up prevents this. When the result of the consultation is in, offer a referendum to the business people and domestic householders of Lowestoft to chose between IT and COLBY'S WAY. No guess as to what the result of that would be - so why are we wasting time waiting for common sense to prevail. Sorry, common sense is no longer a valid qualification. You are only qualified if you are able to tick the right boxes. Put it to a referendum of business and domestic households.

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    Block & Tackle

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • None of these schemes is what the locals really want, we all know where the new 3rd crossing should go and its by Lings and Asda, where the original plans were for it. not this window dressing pie in the sky schemes, all WDC and SCC are doing is trying to fool the people of Lowestoft in to thinking they are doing something but all they are doing is rubbing our noses in it and kicking the bridge scheme in to the long grass. its nothing more than shameful and deceitful at what they are doing. roll on next may when we can kick them all into the long grass, in the last 25 years I have never see a town looking in such a mess with all these stupid schemes if I was running a business like or local councils I would have no customers. Between Labour and the conservatives they should hold there heads in shame at what they have done to Lowestoft

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    Sifu

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • BlueRobin obviously hasn't been to any of the (public) ColbyBlizzard meetings. Neither has BlueRobin read any of the plans, which have been extensively advertised. The ColbyBlizzard plan will, for approx £50m, completely protect Lowestoft - including Station Square. The barrage goes across between ASDA and the Rotterdam Road roundabout, and flood walls are constructed along Commercial Road, protecting the railway line. At the end of Commercial Road, there would be a flood gate crossing the A12. The flood defence walls go all the way around the old fish market, finishing at SLP, where the sea defences protect North Lowestoft. On the South Side of Lake Lothing, the walls come down Belvedere Road, and flood gates across the A12 and up the seafront to the High Rise land at Kirkley Cliff. All of Lowestoft is protected from flooding, and the scheme does not infringe on ABP's ability to work their port. In the event of flooding, the flood gates would be closed, but this is perfectly normal in any flooding scenario.

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    Peter Colby

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • The ColbyBlizzard scheme will not protect against flooding in the station Square area which was witnessed last December, there are flood defence plans already revealed in the Journal several months ago centred around the outer harbour area, a flood barrage isn't much use to that area of town if it's halfway up Lake Lothing. Longer term a new crossing needs to be considered but it MUST come alongside other schemes such as sustainable transport, a lot of delays is caused by too many cars on the road, driven by single occupants probably only going no further than a mile. Its very important that the cycle bridge is built as the bascule bridge will always need maintenance and that can be used once built if people need to nip across the river, either side.

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    BlueRobin

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Ten year is a ridiculous amount of time. It's been a full one hundred years of discussion about whether we need a new crossing or not, it shouldn't take another 10 years to decide on a good spot. If this crossing was in Ipswich and the poobahs there needed it to get to work, it certainly wouldn't take a full decade to build. Actually, has anyone...anyone at all....said that we didn't need a third crossing? Anyone who actually lives here, I mean?

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    A. Taylor

    Monday, June 23, 2014

  • More consultations??? The dreadful feeling of deja-vu and missed opportunities returns... giving our Councils more time to give the impression that they are doing something whilst achieving nothing. As 99.9% of us Lowestoftians already know... and have known for decades, you need to sort out a crossing which allows a continual flow... not continual bodged schemes with traffic lights every 100 yards. I notice the bascule bridge is having more maintenance tonight and will be closed. It seems to require more maintenance than the whole CSA! When will the penny finally drop with our so-called elected representatives??? I'm not going to be holding my breath!

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    Kendo

    Monday, June 23, 2014

  • Peter Colby has summed this up quite succinctly. Action is needed now, Lowestoft, its citizens and local businesses are being crippled by the old bascule bridge which is clearly not fit for purpose. This is stifling growth, job creation and threatening ongoing inward investment. The other major risk is the threat of further flooding when the next tidal surges occur as they inevitably will. With local businesses and households only now recovering from the latest floods the last thing they need is a repeat situation. A barrage scheme with integrated flood protection could provide the answers relatively quickly. I have seen these in action. They have been proven to work effectively in Holland and Germany.

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    Grey Fox

    Monday, June 23, 2014

  • The schemes that are being considered have nothing to do with the Blizzard Colby barrage scheme. The schemes that are being considered for inception in 2025 are for bridges with a lifting centre only. Flood prevention measures are not incorporated in the schemes. I believe that to consider schemes that will take 14 years to be implemented is either an act of simple stupidity, or cynical window-dressing - the Councils must be seen to be doing something. For clarity, the ColbyBlizzard scheme would act as flood prevention, and would also regenerate a port that is currently run-down and under-utilised. By putting in a road scheme whereby the port is accessed from the south, and not over the Bascule bridge, the port would become user-friendly, and the loading and discharge of cargoes would be made easier. It also would enable even the largest of ships to use the port and access the lock to the inner harbour. This could mean that ships with a greater draught could enter the port at high tide, and exit the port at high tide. By using the ColbyBlizzard scheme, the only landowner to be affected would be ABP, and possibly Nexen Forklifts. The other land is currently in the ownership of the council.

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    Peter Colby

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • Do all the three options keep the same access for shipping into the Inner Harbour that currently exists, and has the ColbyBlizzard scheme taken into account all the views of the major landowners that would be involved if their scheme was adopted.

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    Port Watcher

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • ...but will they also give due consideration to the ColbyBlizzard proposal...or are the Suffolk Tories too arrogant?

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    Dogberry

    Saturday, June 21, 2014

  • well lets hope this is not going to be another 40 plus years of discussions, i would have thought after all these years they would have known where to put another crossing, i wont be holding my breath to see it

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    beachy

    Saturday, June 21, 2014

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