Lowestoft crossing plans to go to public consultation

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Friday, March 14, 2014
6:30 AM

Long-awaited plans for a new road crossing over Lake Lothing took a major step forward this week when it was revealed that a public consultation is to be launched on three potential schemes.

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Proposed crossings for Lowestoft. Photo: SuppliedProposed crossings for Lowestoft. Photo: Supplied

Suffolk County Council announced that proposals for a new crossing are to be developed by specialist consultants, with people in the Lowestoft area then getting a chance to air their views.

The three options for a new crossing include one close to the A12 Bascule bridge and two further up Lake Lothing – the first by Silo Quay and the other adjoining the Brooke Business and Industrial Park.

But one of the options could lead to the Bascule bridge being removed – meaning those who insist a third road crossing is essential to end long-standing congestion in the town may be left disappointed.

In May, people will have a chance to comment on the crossing proposals which are being drawn up by urban and engineering experts WSP. A preferred scheme will then be chosen in October and a final report prepared for the council by the end of year – even though no funding has yet been applied for or secured.

Ironically, the news comes just days after work by the county council to improve the A12-Commercial Road junction caused major tailbacks in Lowestoft – prompting renewed calls for a solution to the town’s traffic congestion.

Mark Bee, leader of the county council, said: “This is an important milestone in our work to improve Lowestoft’s road network and the way people move around the town. By appointing WSP we are now able to move forward quickly – developing and consulting on real proposals.

“We have been working with Waveney District Council, Waveney MP Peter Aldous and other partners to review Lowestoft’s roads and transport infrastructure and a new river crossing is a fundamental part of that work.”

If the preferred option for a new crossing is the one just to the west of the existing Bascule bridge it could open the way, through the Lowestoft Transport and Infrastructure Prospectus, for the removal of the 42-year-old structure.

The prospectus, which features short to long-term aims for the town, includes three options for a new crossing by the Bascule bridge – with two retaining it and one suggesting it is replaced by a four-lane Bascule bridge.

Colin Law, leader of Waveney District Council, said: “It is absolutely imperative that we deliver the right outcome for Lowestoft and the people of the town will play an important role in the development of a new river crossing.

“As leader of Waveney I am absolutely determined to see this through and I am really looking forward to working closely with WSP on this landmark scheme.”

In December, there was cross-party agreement at a meeting of Suffolk Council County to commission a feasibility study into a new crossing – resulting in WSP being instructed to start work.

Yesterday’s news was also welcomed by Mark Pendlington, the incoming chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and representative on the Lowestoft transport group.

He said: “A new Lake Lothing crossing has been something people have wanted, and Lowestoft has needed, for some time. So it’s fantastic that plans are now being drawn up and residents and business owners will get an opportunity to see and comment on them. I urge everyone to take part and have their say.

“Making sure Lowestoft has a viable roads network, fit to meet the needs of business and of a growing population, is a top priority.”

Richard Perkins, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s representative on the prospectus group, said he was pleased the work had been commissioned to tackle infrastructure inadequacies in the town.

Included in the Lowestoft Transport and Infrastructure Prospectus is a scheme drawn up by businessman Peter Colby to build a tidal barrage and road crossing across Lake Lothing which would provide a continuous traffic flow and provide improved flood defences.

Although Mr Colby was pleased progress was being made on the crossing plans, he was sceptical that the county council-led scheme would ever come to fruition.

He said: We need to see action, not words. I think this will end up being kicked into the long grass. Lowestoft needs a third crossing sooner rather than later.”

Bob Blizzard, Labour’s parliamentary prospective candidate for Waveney, supports Mr Colby’s barrage plan. He said: “It has three benefits – it would be a new crossing, would provide flood defences and keep traffic moving all the time as no bridge would have to raised and lowered.”

As part of its work, WSP will also carry out environmental impact assessments on the crossing proposals.

20 comments

  • option two, is by far the cheapest option as is built at low level and gives flood protection to a large area , I refer you to the Dutch web site.marinas.com Ter neuzen west lock.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Thanks Dave01.

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    Peter Colby

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Thanks Dave01.

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    Peter Colby

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Replacing the existing 3 lane bascule bridge with a 4 lane one will do absolutely nothing to ease the traffic situation in the town centre. Gt.Yarmouth has had a 4 lane bridge in place since 1938 and their bridge traffic problems still exist!!

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    MacRob

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • So there is no budget for a single bridge, but option 2 would need 2 bridges and a set of lock gates. Not exactly realistic, affordable, or even practical.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • option two, is by far the cheapest option as is built at low level and gives flood protection to a large area , I refer you to the Dutch web site.marinas.com Ter neuzen west lock.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • I don't understand that loop on the second option (green one). is that a footpath? Can anyone explain that to me? It seems to go nowhere. It reads to me that your come off the roundabout behind ASDA, go north west over the water, fly over the train tracks on a bridge and drive into a roundabout on Denmark Rd. But the loop right before the bridge is puzzling if it's for car traffic. If running around in circles is designed into that option, I suppose it's to make the citizens of Lowestoft feel at home. Running around in circles to no point is par for the course.

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    A. Taylor

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • The blue one (Brooks Business Park option) to be sure. This will remove the through traffic that is traveling to Yarmouth and be an asset to the business park, promoting trade to establish there. The Bascule bridge will still be there to feed into High Street and promote local bicycle and foot traffic into the town center. The red version (the one next to the existing Bridge) isn't a solution at all. It doesn't give us the third crossing which we need when the other crossings are blocked, and it doesn't divert through traffic from the bottlenecks next to High Street. If we are to have a vibrant High Street we need to make it easy for those who want to shop there to get there without being caught up in tailbacks made worse by through traffic traveling up and down the coast.

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    A. Taylor

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Call me cynical, but I think Peter Colby's right - this is yet another paper exercise so that WDC & SCC can pretend to be doing something. If this was serious, much as I like Mr. Colby's idea, as Dave01 says, a Riverside Road crossing would be much simpler & cheaper to build - but no such proposal is here. Option 3 is completely pointless - 4-lane bridge sounds good, but how many lanes in Commercial Road? Option 1 is nothing more than a local crossing for the Whitton Estate area - Unless Waveney Drive is to be used as the A12 and Victoria Road will get much more traffic?

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    Demo Crass

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Gotta be the first one surely. People in south oulton can get into lowestoft town centre or stay left to get to Peto way for oulton village etc. The second one just looks like its gonna cause congestion between the two round abouts and the third one, well whoever thought of that shouldnt be in the job.

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    Dave Leak

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • option two, is by far the cheapest option as is built at low level and gives flood protection to a large area , I refer you to the Dutch web site.marinas.com Ter neuzen west lock.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Maybe a 4th option along Riverside Road would be better? It would be a straight link from Tom Crisp Way if the corner is rounded. it would avoid issues at Waveney Drive option 1, filing in the water option 2 and the 3rd option at the Bascule Bridge is clearly a non-starter as it would simply be a replacement for the old bridge. Why take all year to make a decision?

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    Dave01

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Here we go again... more studies... more procrastination. I still don't expect to see a 3rd crossing in my lifetime (and I'm hoping I've got at least 40 years left!). We'll never get anything whilst SCC are controlling the purse strings (other than a pointless pedestrian bridge & no doubt countless more traffic lights to hold us up). Honestly, with any trip across town you see more red lights than your average trip to Amsterdam!

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    Kendo

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • If I can explain the number two green drawing, the object is to construct a traffic system that gives traffic the ability to continuously flow. It is based on the system widely used in Europe especially Holland were there is a need to keep the traffic moving whilst the ships transit the canals.It is also designed to give flood protection to the area west of the barrage . Traffic flows from the roundabout at Asda crossing a dam or barrage to the lock which is constructed to allow the largest ships using the inner Harbour to navigate. At each end of the lock there is a gate over the gate is a lifting bridge so as the ship enters the lock from the sea the traffic is diverted around the loop which has the lock gate closed and the bridge down, when the ship is in the lock the gate at the east end is closed and the bridge is lowered, the traffic is then diverted over this bridge.The other bridge is raised and the lock gate opened to allow the ship to travel into Lake Lothing. This means that the traffic at all times is continuous and lock movements are very quick. It is an excellent system and works as I have said extremely well in Europe.It will solve the transport problems and flooding (and is very cost effective). To completely protect Lowestoft flood walls are then extended from the barrage to protect the town centre and Kirkley. It works.

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    Peter Colby

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • There is an excellent plan of the lock system displayed on the Internet if you dial marinas.com and type in Terneuzen West Lock. You will see from the display how the traffic is diverted from one bridge approach to the other, to give a continuous traffic flow. The height of the barrage will dictate the flood protection you give the area behind. My email address is colbypg@aol.com if you have any queries please address them to be, and I will answer.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Nice to see something positive for Lowestoft. The Brooke Business and Industrial Park option would help the railway level crossing problems in Oulton Broad and link directly with the new relief road already planned.

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    Port Watcher

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • 2 bridges but a one way system so traffic can flow smoothly.But both bridges must have flood defences!

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    poppy

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • There is 2 hopes, Bob hope and no hope of getting any of the above schemes, as the blueprints for Lowestoft up to 2025 do not mention a bridge, and it clearly says on SCC website we will continue to hinder and put off the people of Lowestoft from using their cars, we only want to see public transport cycling or walking as the main modes of transport. hence the dam cycling bridge that 98% of the locals did not want. and it was rubber stamped by the SCC county councillor for Felixstowe so all this talk and fancy drawings is just a distraction as WDC and SCC know elections are coming... and the only viable site for a 3rd crossing is riverside just remove Lings Honda that is the only sensible place a crossing can go.

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    Sifu

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Option 2 is probably the best of the 3 options in so much as it is in the nearest location to the ideal which would be Riverside Rd. The proposed railway bridge on a curve could prove unnecessarily challenging from an engineering point of view, unbalanced road width loading over a railway where a pre-built bridge would need to be lowered? Also a bridge on bends can cause driver visibility issues? Straight bridges are far easier. Can we have option 2 aligned with Riverside Rd? Anyway full credit to Peter Colby for putting the 3rd crossing back on the agenda. Well done Sir! Perhaps you can become leader of the WDC and fix Lowestoft.

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    Dave01

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • The logical and most suitable crossing point is via Riverside Rd. Unfortunately WDC have started to build their new offices on the riverside right in the way of the simplest and engineeringly easiest route. Then again, forward planning is not their strong point. Even the blatantly obvious was well beyond inclusion in their area action plan. Not only do their actions not help Lowestoft but they have a nett negative effect if they do anything. They are determined to build houses where there could easily have been expedient businesses...same old WDC.

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    Dave01

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

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