Woodbridge, Ipswich and Lowestoft secure round funding

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5:50 PM May 20, 2022



A ‘Mini Holland’ cycle network in Woodbridge is to be explored after Suffolk received nearly £4million to invest in cycling schemes in the area.

Active Travel England – a new agency under the Department for Transport – has awarded Suffolk County Council £80,000 for a feasibility study into creating the cycle system in the town.

In addition, nearly £4m of public funds have been secured for projects in Ipswich and Lowestoft.

The Dutch-style cycling infrastructure aims to encourage cycling as the primary means of getting around town.

It would include redesigned junctions to make them safer for cyclists and pedestrians, separate cycle lanes on busy roads, and fewer routes that vehicles could take on city center streets.


Clr Caroline Page
– Credit: Suffolk County Council

Woodbridge Division Councilor Caroline Page said: ‘It’s amazing, I’m so happy and it’s groundbreaking for Suffolk.

“You can’t treat a town like Woodbridge like you would a town where you can put in cycle lanes, so we’re going to use the Mini Holland concept to address the conflict between cars, pedestrians and cyclists in a way more creative.

“It’s the only one in Suffolk so it’s wonderful for Suffolk as it shows that Woodbridge could be a beacon for how other small towns might go.”

If the feasibility study is accepted by the DfT, then around £20 million will be released to deliver the programme.

Cllr Page said she hoped a public consultation would be a starting point for the work.

The county is one of 19 authorities to be confirmed for a study today, 12 of which are past the feasibility stage.


Councilor Alexandre Nicoll

Advisor Alexandre Nicoll
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Alexander Nicoll, Conservative deputy cabinet member responsible for transport strategy at Suffolk County Council, said: “If we are to get people out of their cars for short local journeys, we need to develop ways to encourage them to do it.

“High-quality pedestrian and cycling infrastructure allows more people of all ages and abilities to choose active travel for short and medium duration journeys, which will have a real impact on congestion and pollution. .


Andrew Stringer, Leader of the Green, Liberal Democrat and Independent opposition group.

Andrew Stringer, Leader of the Green, Liberal Democrat and Independent opposition group.
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Andrew Stringer, leader of the Green, Liberal Democrat and Independent opposition group, said: ‘Any move to promote sustainable modes of transport is to be widely welcomed.

” To do this [Woodbridge] successful trial, we will really have to work on it at all levels of the community. It cannot be imposed from above, it must be worked from below.

The secured government funding will see the creation of a new cycle lane on the A1214 Woodbridge road between the Heath Road roundabout and Beech Road in Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich.

Additionally, a route is planned on Nacton Road between the Maryon Road and Alan Road junctions, and on Princes Street between Civic Drive and the station.

For Lowestoft, a new project is to be delivered on Normanston Drive between Gorleston Road and Peto Way.

Cllr Stinger added: “It’s a really welcome decision. I’m glad we got that £3.84m, it’s just a shame we didn’t get anything for Bus Back Better to help them go even further in terms of sustainable transport.

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