Work starts on Monday to improve road access on Lowestoft A12 by Bascule bridge

County councillor Graham Newman. County councillor Graham Newman.

Saturday, January 25, 2014
6:30 AM

Work to improve transport links around Lowestoft’s Bascule bridge is due to start next week - as part of plans make the town’s port more accessible to business to create jobs.

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The Suffolk County Council project to improve access out of Commercial Road on to the A12 and installing a pedestrian cycle crossing there is scheduled to start on Monday.

Once the work is finished by the end of March motorists will be ale to turn right from Commercial Road onto the A12, and as well as the cycle and pedestrian crossing, footpaths will be widened on the west side of Station Square.

The council says during the work there will be minor disruptions to traffic but during the day the two lane flow system on and by the bridge will be maintained.

However during the end part of the work there will be overnight road closures.

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, said: “Improving the Commercial Road junction and exit arrangements will better assist Lowestoft Port in becoming more accessible, allow it to be maintained as a key employer within the town.

“This new arrangement will also increase the potential for development in the area, helping to stimulate the local economy.”

The works are largely in line with designs that were displayed at the public exhibition held in Lowestoft’s railway station and library in October.

Road closures have been organised to tie-in with some planned maintenance work on the Bascule bridge which has been scheduled at the end of March.

The council was keen to stress that businesses will be open as usual and be able to receive deliveries throughout the scheme.

The council is funding the work through its capital transport fund.

Further information about the scheme will be available on the county council’s website, www.suffolk.gov.uk

Anyone who has any questions regarding the works can ring Suffolk Highways on 0845 606 6171.

In early 2012 motorists heading to the Bascule bridge faced traffic disruption for six weeks thanks to £130,000 repair works on a sewer by Station Square.

And last year saw part of London Road South blocked off to traffic for 12 weeks from September after a sewer gave way.

7 comments

  • It's a very interesting development this is taking the commercial Road junction back to what it was some 25 years ago when you could turn right from commercial Road and access the A12 via Middle Drive and out through Pakefield. I believe this will exacerbate the hold-ups on the bascule bridge. This is the reason the turn was modified in the first place. If the port of Lowestoft becomes successful again it will need 44 t trucks measuring 15 12 m in length with a carrying capacity of 24 t. To discharge 1000 t of cargo you need 50 trucks. Each truck will need an average of 20 seconds to get across the road to the other side(A12) therefore the total time required will be 20 seconds multiplied by 50 truck movements equals 1000 seconds or 17 minutes therefore the road junction at commercial Road will be closed to discharge one ship from approximately 17 min plus all the other road users turning right during the day. The traffic congestion at the bascule bridge should be very interesting.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Can't really post a comment,as if it doesn't agree with Archants view they delete it.

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    kevin bacon

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Millions of pounds have been spent on this and other piecemeal vanity projects around Lowestoft. Would be more than half way towards the cost of the one thing that will make a difference. The third crossing will do more than anything to bring our sad and dying town back to life. Please get on and build it and stop faffing about.

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    DaveG

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • "The works are largely in line with designs that were displayed at the public exhibition held in Lowestoft’s railway station and library in October." Why is it I never see these exhibitions - and I work in the library? Sounds like another set of traffic lights in Station Square - guess they think we don't have enough in the area

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    Demo Crass

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • It's a very interesting development this is taking the commercial Road junction back to what it was some 25 years ago when you could turn right from commercial Road and access the A12 via Middle Drive and out through Pakefield. I believe this will exacerbate the hold-ups on the bascule bridge. This is the reason the turn was modified in the first place. If the port of Lowestoft becomes successful again it will need 44 t trucks measuring 15 12 m in length with a carrying capacity of 24 t. To discharge 1000 t of cargo you need 50 trucks. Each truck will need an average of 20 seconds to get across the road to the other side(A12) therefore the total time required will be 20 seconds multiplied by 50 truck movements equals 1000 seconds or 17 minutes therefore the road junction at commercial Road will be closed to discharge one ship from approximately 17 min plus all the other road users turning right during the day. The traffic congestion at the bascule bridge should be very interesting.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • A good idea, it is time the grain lorries, fuel tankers, scrap lorries and considerable general traffic from Commercial Road and North Quay was allowed to go south instead of being sent north along Battery Green Road first. It will be great to see the offshore company rumoured to be moving to the Commercial Road Lake Lothing area and bringing jobs to the town become established. Access to this part of the town from the west would help regenerate the area but to build hundreds of houses around Lake Lothing is very short sighted for several reasons.

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    Port Watcher

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • As great as it will be to make commercial road a viable location for business without having to drive around the town just to go south, why not focus on access at the other end. Build a rail crossing and the river crossing. That will allow access both ends and solve the constant traffic issues around the bascule bridge.

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    lpeek

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

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