Long-anticipated work to improve the transport links at Lowestoft station has officially got under way.

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Suffolk County Council, Waveney District Council and rail franchise holder Greater Anglia are working together to develop a new transport interchange to improve bus, taxi, cycle and pedestrian access at the gateway to the town.

Civic leaders, including county and district councillors and Waveney MP Peter Aldous, joined representatives of Greater Anglia at the station yesterday to mark the beginning of the £1 million scheme.

The planned work, which is expected to be finished by July, includes resurfacing the car park and adjoining land to create an extra 70 marked spaces, redesigning the taxi rank and installing two modern bus shelters with real time travel information boards.

Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council‘s cabinet member for roads and transport, said the start of the project was “great news” for Lowestoft.

He said: “The changes being made will help to reduce traffic congestion in the town by making walking, cycling and bus travel more attractive for people. It will also increase the number of people catching the train and take some of the traffic congestion off the A12.”

Colin Law, leader of Waveney District Council, added: “The plans for this part of Lowestoft are spectacular and what is exciting is that the initial work builds into Waveney District Council’s own vision for regenerating Lowestoft town centre.”

12 comments

  • "Reduce traffic congestion"? How will resurfacing a car park, providing extra spaces even though it was never full, resurfacing the taxi rank that already exists and will work no differently and catching a bus from the front door instead of the lay by going to make any difference to congestion!!! Yes its nice they are tidying up the station as it is an eyesore but lets not kid ourselves that its anything more than a tarting up of whats already there! Making it look nice isn't going to make people use it more!

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    ollie

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • Waste of time and money. Move the station to Oulton Broad Close the rail line at that point and bus people to Lowestoft, This will stop the stupidness of hundreds of people in cars, lorries, busses etc being held up by trains that have less than a dozen people on closing the crossings and roads into Lowestoft. I suggest that just for 1 week this is tried and a proper census of the movement of traffic carried out.

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    ITSTEAPOT

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • One thing is certain, our masters will carry on regardless with their plans and ignore any comments posted here on this story. The planning application for the new footbridge across the Inner Harbour has now been published - that will be good for cyclists and mobility scooter users (forget the rest!).

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    Port Watcher

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • Further to my earlier message, perhaps the biffins should take note that lots of people using the train to get to work in Norwich have started using Oulton Broad because they do not have to pay for parking like they do at Lowestoft station, they park in Commodore road and Caldecott road which is beginning to create traffic problems in that area, god help us when the additional homes are built at the old Pegasus boatyard, there will be even more congestion and delays in Oulton Broad, all are to do with the train.

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    CC

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • I overlooked the most important point: rail is sustainable transport, cars are not. the priority now is sustainable transport and those who use - the car is no longer 'king.'

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    oultonbroadman

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • "Work beings on town’s £1 million"----- come on EDP try "BEGINS"---- proof read, before you post the story.

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    ggj666

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • One thing is certain, our masters will carry on regardless with their plans and ignore any comments posted here on this story. The planning application for the new footbridge across the Inner Harbour has now been published - that will be good for cyclists and mobility scooter users (forget the rest!).

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    Port Watcher

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • What a waste of tax payers money, Lowestoft station should be moved along the line to Oulton Broad, why does it need to be in the centre of Lowestoft? The biggest problem with traffic in Lowestoft is the train crossing in Oulton Broad holding up traffic for ridculous amounts of time waiting for a few people to alight and board the trains, if the train to Norwich was to stop further away from the road crossing it would reduce the amount of time the road traffic is prevented from crossing the rail crossing. When will those so called clever traffic realsie they need to use common sense when attempting to improve the traffic flow through the town - I guess they are too busy arranging surveys and spending ridiculous amounts of money on what the public and people of the town are telling them already. I have made suggestions over the years which have fallen on deaf ears.

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    CC

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • The 'jump in the car brigade' are at it again! People are not going to come to Lowestoft if using the train means getting off at Oulton Broad and then catching a bus - they simply wont be bothered. Okay, some might drive but of course that will add to congestion Yes, some already park in Oulton Broad, so if we stop the railway there probably even more will and what sort of problems will that produce - also putting more cars on the town's roads at peak times. Yes, some trains are ligltly loaded but that's not the overall situation - far from it. Hundreds of people in cars lorries buses - the third one ok, but do all those in cars really need to be? also, a trong body of opinion believe that much that is carried by lorries should go by rail

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    oultonbroadman

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • Perhaps it would be easier and more cost effective to update the train signalling so that the barrier in Oulton Broad doesn't close just after the train has left Lowestoft station!

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    Grumpygramp

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • Waste of time and money. Move the station to Oulton Broad Close the rail line at that point and bus people to Lowestoft, This will stop the stupidness of hundreds of people in cars, lorries, busses etc being held up by trains that have less than a dozen people on closing the crossings and roads into Lowestoft. I suggest that just for 1 week this is tried and a proper census of the movement of traffic carried out.

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    ITSTEAPOT

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • I cant believe some of the comments made on here, some people think they know whats best for the town, when it clearly only suits themselves! Move the station to Oulton Broad? and bus people to Lowestoft what a load of rubbish, why dont you take the bus instead, after all it was be easier when this scheme has finished!

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    BlueRobin

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

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