David Ellesmere described the Travel Ipswich programme as a “disaster” today, as Ipswich's roads remain in chaos, seven months after the works were due to be completed.
Its not the first time that Ipswich's Parliamentary Candidate, and Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere, has demanded that Tory-run Suffolk County Council sharpens up its act. While Ipswich commuters and businesses suffer, our road network is being failed by a Tory County Council, driven by an ideology of privatisation and without a single member of its administration resident in Ipswich.
Travel Ipswich was due to be complete by Easter this year. Its already seven months late. And nobody can say when it will end.
Town centre traffic lights continue to operate independently - Linking them together to keep traffic to keep traffic flowing across the town was supposed to be a key feature of the scheme.
David Ellesmere said: "Travel Ipswich has failed in its aim to make it easier to get around the town.
“It has been a disaster for Ipswich. We were told the work that was being planned would ensure that the traffic in and around the town centre did not get worse. It’s clearly failed in that.
“It’s running behind schedule and there’s no firm date for when the integrated traffic lights will come in. I’d like to say I’m surprised but when you look at what’s happened at the county council it’s par for the course.
“They ended the contract with the borough council to maintain the roads – we know how the town works – and then they privatised the road maintenance and seem to spend all their time filling in forms rather than doing work on the roads.”