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Road network must come first

PUBLISHED: 09:13 14 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:26 05 July 2010

BOB Blizzard and 1st East want a third crossing in the hope that it will improve the traffic congestion in Lowestoft and they may be right.

However, the road network needs to be in place either side of the crossing before even thinking about another bridge.

BOB Blizzard and 1st East want a third crossing in the hope that it will improve the traffic congestion in Lowestoft and they may be right.

However, the road network needs to be in place either side of the crossing before even thinking about another bridge.

At present the south side is adequately catered for, but the north side awaits completion of the Peto Way/Millennium Way link to the A12, which the county council is addressing. When that is done then, maybe, a new bridge.

But, the proposals of 1st East envisage that the present bascule bridge will be for the use of buses, pedestrians and cyclists only. So, instead of having three traffic crossings, we shall still only have two. Will that result in improvement of traffic flow?

A further fly in the ointment is that the new Waveney District Council/Suffolk County Council/CEFAS building looks like being right in the way of the most obvious crossing point for a new bridge. Close by the southern relief road and across the water from an improved Peto Way/Millennium Way going north.

If the new bridge has to be anywhere else then massive road building/widening will have to take place.

So the process should be - build the new Waveney District Council Campus elsewhere, link Millennium Way to the A12 and then build a new bridge across from Riverside Road.

Of course, petrol may then be so expensive that the car will have faded away and a bridge will not be needed.

S R JONES

The Gardens

Carlton Colville

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