Motorists experience delays as traffic comes to a standstill in Lowestoft

Traffic chaos in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Traffic chaos in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Frustrated motorists have taken to social media to vent their annoyance at traffic and roadworks in Lowestoft.

Traffic brought to a standstill by by roadworks. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Traffic brought to a standstill by by roadworks. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Over ten sets of road works were carried out, by various bodies, in Lowestoft and Oulton Broad throughout the half term week.

Motorists described the traffic as 'at a standstill' and 'gridlocked'.

Two particular pinch points were the A1117 Normanston Drive and A1117 Bridge Road.

UK Power Networks, who are conducting the road works at Bridge Road, released the statement: 'UK Power Networks is installing new cables in Bridge Road on Oulton Broad. The work is expected to be completed Thursday, February, 18.

Traffic over the half term period in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Traffic over the half term period in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

'All work and resulting traffic restrictions in the area are in accordance with permits issued by Suffolk County Council. We apologise for any inconvenience caused while work is taking place.'

The delays caused by roadworks saw the kick-off time of Lowestoft Town FC's 3 – 1 win over AFC Fylde moved from 7.45pm to 8pm on Tuesday.

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David Moss, Managing Director of Moss & Co, said: 'People only get an hour for their lunch breaks and we at The Jolly Sailors and The Commodore have had people cancelling lunch bookings as they are stuck in traffic.

'There is no reason to the structure of the town, half term week and they have brought Oulton Broad to a standstill.

'No wonder shops are closing, people can pay less for parking and travel quicker to places like Beccles or go to the out of town shopping sites.'

Darren Newman, Lowestoft Vision business improvement district (BID) manager said: 'The Chamber of Commerce has done lots of lobbying to improve the flow of traffic in the town. The traffic delays we are seeing highlight the need for improvements to be made.'

However, Henry Allen, 25, manager at Raphael Crafts, Lowestoft said: 'I do not think there has been a great impact on business.

'The traffic has of course been congested in the town, but this happens on a daily basis.

'Lowestoft needs improvements to infrastructure and the improvements being made at the north Oulton Broad crossing should provide benefits.'

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