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Town traffic saga

PUBLISHED: 13:46 27 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 06 July 2010

POSTBOX July 10 included considerable correspondence on the continuing debate about the traffic problems in the Belvedere Road/London Road South area.

The junction is not a safe feeling spot to cross on foot, especially for those who cannot walk quick.

POSTBOX July 10 included considerable correspondence on the continuing debate about the traffic problems in the Belvedere Road/London Road South area.

The junction is not a safe feeling spot to cross on foot, especially for those who cannot walk quick.

Suffolk County Council is to spend money on a cycling bridge at Oulton Broad South and a walkway and cycleway from north Oulton Broad to the town centre.

Evidence shows that for every £1 spent on cycling and walking routes the economy benefits by an average of £20, whereas the few road schemes that do bring economic benefits rarely surpass £3. Those road schemes are strictly controlled with regard traffic management. That is not how the third crossing is perceived. The evidence can be viewed at www.sustrans.org.uk - info and resources/research and monitoring.

It surely follows that if more traffic was taken off Lowestoft's roads there would be even more cycling and walking so the local economy would benefit even more.

JOHN THOMPSON

Dell Road

Oulton Broad

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