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Traffic chaos not caused by bridge

PUBLISHED: 12:36 09 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 05 July 2010

THE underlying cause of the continuing chaos in Lowestoft is not the bascule bridge, nor Waveney District Council, nor even Associated British Ports.

These are all used as scapegoats as one blames the other.

THE underlying cause of the continuing chaos in Lowestoft is not the bascule bridge, nor Waveney District Council, nor even Associated British Ports.

These are all used as scapegoats as one blames the other.

The demands on the bascule bridge have, for a long time, been beyond its capacity. The weak link which generates these problems and allows them to persist unresolved is the fundamental lack of vision and "joined-up thinking" in local government.

Lowestoft is, or rather ought to be, a working port, and the bridge has to be raised to allow the passage of ships. It is frustrating to the hundreds of delayed motorists to watch the passage of a single small yacht through the bridge. The fish dock is virtually unused as we no longer have a fishing industry thanks to the EU. This area of the port could be developed as a marina, simultaneously bringing much revenue to the town and removing the need for many bridge lifts.

When the combination of the Sunrise Scheme and bridge failure on many occasions brought the town to a standstill, many people used the road via Beccles and Somerleyton to travel between north and south Lowestoft.

Anyone using the bridge to drive over both the New Cut and railway line between Haddiscoe and Saint Olaves should see immediately the answer to Lowestoft's congestion.

A high level bridge in Lowestoft could carry most of the town's through traffic and allow the passage of even large vessels without being raised. Perhaps the site of the unnecessary, and now doubtful Waveney Campus could be used. It would certainly cost less and be of more benefit to the town.

BILL MOUNTFORD

The Parklands

Carlton Colville

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