The Tories running Suffolk County Council have finally bowed to the inevitable and cancelled the Upper Orwell Crossings project to prevent a huge overspend.
The writing was already on the wall for the project after huge local opposition when residents discovered that Ben’s Big Bridge would generate over 1,000 extra vehicles an hour on roads like Cliff Lane and Station Street.
In one positive result from this whole sorry saga, Labour’s Sandy Martin MP has secured agreement from Suffolk County Council that the unspent money they had committed to the project will still be dedicated to building the two smaller bridges to the island site.
This will help bring forward the much-needed development of the island while avoiding the masses of traffic generated by Ben’s Big Bridge.
While it is good news that this expensive vanity project by Ipswich’s former Tory MP Ben Gummer has now been cancelled, it does mean that the Tories on the Suffolk County Council have wasted four years which could have been spent delivering the one transport project which will make a real difference to Ipswich – a Northern Bypass.
Sandy Martin and Labour are now calling on the Government to switch their funding from the bridge project to help kickstart a Northern Bypass and for the County Council to commit to delivering a Northern Bypass for Ipswich at the earliest possible opportunity.