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PUBLISHED: 11:56 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 05 July 2010

I APPRECIATE the difficulty engineers have in predicting traffic flows at new junctions, but some further thought is necessary at a number of locations in Kirkley.

I APPRECIATE the difficulty engineers have in predicting traffic flows at new junctions, but some further thought is necessary at a number of locations in Kirkley.

Also, in the face of cataclysmic climate change, the need not to pointlessly waste energy should now be an important consideration when designing roads.

The whole object of the Southern Relief Road was to make London Road South acceptable for pedestrians and to improve traffic flows to the bascule bridge. Why, then, is vehicular access maintained from London Road South direct to Pier Terrace and the bridge?

Every time the traffic lights let this dribble of local traffic onto the A12, the main flow of traffic is halted

It is extremely frustrating for customers for Jewsons as they are held up by the long queue of north-bound traffic in London Road South as this is the only access to Jewsons for all of south Lowestoft it must be seriously affecting their business.

The destinations for vehicles leaving Kirkley from Carlton Road are Kirkley Run, Long Road and the relief road.

Kirkley Run, apart from being the main route from Kirkley to Oulton Broad, also contains Kirkley High School. This makes Kirkley Run extremely busy in the morning and afternoon.

The sight line for oncoming traffic when entering London Road South from Rectory Road is inadequate for the 30mph speed limit. I have written to Waveney District Council because there will continue to be accidents here until something is done. Either the parking restriction should be extended or the 20mph zone and speed humps should be extended back to the St Peter's Street junction.

When the new Southern Relief Road was finally opened and the various traffic calming measures introduced in London Road South, traffic flow and speeds were reduced to the extent that the traffic lights, which had been removed, were completely unnecessary.

I was amazed when four sets of traffic lights were installed between Carlton Road and Mill Road some months later. The object of the Southern Relief Road was to make London Road South more amenable to pedestrians. These traffic lights retain the main road atmosphere and, of course, have to be maintained at our expense.

These simple and economical measures just for Kirkley would cut out unnecessarily braking, stopping and starting; reduce queues of stationery vehicles with engines running and cut out wasteful high energy consuming 24/7 traffic lights.

They would also improve safety and traffic flows. What more could one ask.

JOHN WYLSON

London Road South

Lowestoft


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