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Move to tackle Orwell Bridge traffic chaos

  • 03 March 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

HGVs bound for Felixstowe could be directed to parking areas west of the Orwell Crossing in Suffolk after concerns were repeatedly raised about traffic chaos when the bridge closes.

Tim Passmore, the police and crime commissioner for the county, said he was willing to engage with government “at the highest level” to sort out problems on the A14 caused by strong winds or collisions on the bridge.

Last month there was severe disruption on the crossing after a three-vehicle crash, and Passmore said that a 60mph limit will start this summer in an effort to prevent future accidents.

But he also said that the region’s traffic commissioner, the Road Haulage Association and the Highways Agency [HA] will be invited to discuss what to do about HGVs travelling to the port when the bridge is forced to shut.

“If we direct people off the A14, sat-navs send people all over and makes things worse.We also need to prevent lorries travelling so far when the port shuts.

“The HA recognises it’s an international route and not just about Suffolk. We haven’t had the investment we should have had,” said Passmore.

A spokeswoman for the HA said: “We can confirm that a reduced speed limit on the Orwell Bridge will be in place this calendar year and our intention is that it is in place by the end of the summer.

“Average speed cameras will be in place during financial year 14/15 – we will be able to be more specific on timescale once necessary preparatory work has taken place.”


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