Improvements to Ipswich Railway Station forecourt

About Ipswich Railway Station improvement scheme and what'll be included in the works on Ranelagh Road

Ipswich Railway Station improvements

Download an image of the improvements.

Suffolk Highways are progressing with improvements to the station forecourt.

The outcomes of this scheme include:

  • new layout
  • improved customer experience
  • improved environment
  • better accessibility for buses and taxis
  • improved pedestrian and cycle access
  • road resurfacing
  • new short stay and drop off parking areas 

A new phase of work is beginning at Ipswich Railway Station Forecourt - view each of the sections below for more details including road closures and diversion routes. 

The next phase of the work starts on 20 February 2017 and will continue for 10 weeks in total.

The works include:

  • replacing traffic lights 
  • upgrading street lighting 
  • National Grid gas main works
  • new bus and taxi shelters
  • replacing road markings and signs on all three approaches to the station
  • resurfacing of the station forecourt area - bus and taxi lanes

To carry out these works nearby roads will need to be closed. View the sections below for dates and details of the road closures. 

20 February to 9 April for 7 weeks - 24 hour road closure 

Ranelagh Road will be closed from the junction of Burrell Road to Ancaster Road. This includes works to replace traffic lights, street lighting and for National Grid to carry out gas main works. Access will be available from the Ancaster Road junction for residents and businesses only. Businesses will remain open.

The map below shows the location of the works and the road closures. 

20 February to 9 April 2017 24 hour road closure

The map below shows the diversion route. View a larger image of the diversion route.

Diversion Route 20 February to 9 April 2017 24 hour cloure


 10 April to 13 April 2017 24 hour road closure

Closure of right turn lane eastbound only, junction of Ranelagh Road into Ancaster Road. This is for National Grid to carry out gas main work.

The map below shows the location of the works and the road closures.  

No Right Turn into Ancaster Road

The map below shows the diversion route. View a larger image of the diversion route.

10 to 13 April 2017 Right turn lane only 24 hour closure



Night Closures

18 April to 21 April and 23 April to 30 April 2017 - 9pm to 5am including weekends

Princes Street - between Burrell Road and Commercial Road

Ranelagh Road - between Burrell Road and Ancaster Road

Burrell Road - between Princes Street and Wiloughby Road

The road will be closed from 9pm to 5am to reinstate, remove and replace the road markings. Access for residents and businesses will be managed on site by gatemen at the closure points. The road will be open from 5am to 9pm daily. 

 Overnight Closures

The map below shows the diversion route. View a larger image of the diversion route.

18 to 30 April 2017 Overnight Closures 9pm to 5am



13 April to 14 April 2017 overnight -Midnight to 5am

Resurfacing of the forecourt entrance from the highway boundary with Burrell Road to the multi-story car park access (not the bus and taxi rank)

21 April to 22 April 2017 overnight - Midnight to 5am

Resurfacing of the new drop off area to the right hand side of the main station pedestrian entrance (currently not in use)

To minimise disruption and ensure essential access is maintained to the Station for passengers, buses and taxis this resurfacing work will need to be carried out overnight.

The works will involve the removal of the current carriageway surface and the application of a new tarmac surface. This will create some unavoidable noise while the operation is in progress. We apologise sincerely for any disturbance that may be caused during these works, but please be assured every effort will be taken to keep the noise to a minimum.

8am Monday 24 April to 8am Friday 28 April 2017 - 24hr Day and Night

The railway station forecourt will need to be closed for the resurfacing of the taxi and bus lanes with a hardwearing and durable surface. Access will still be available for pedestrians throughout the closure.

Temporary bus stops will be provided on Burrell Road, between the bottom of Willoughby Hill and the Station. Taxis will be relocated to the new drop off point to the right hand side of the Station entrance. The temporary locations will be clearly signposted on site.

Resurfacing works are subject to good weather conditions.


Summer 2017 – Anglian Water works - dates to be confirmed

Anglian Water is planning water main works in the Ipswich Station area in summer 2017 and the dates of these works are to be confirmed.
Suffolk Highways will return to the site following the completion of the Anglian Water works to resurface the road later in the year. Resurfacing of the road will take place during overnight closures. More information will be available at once the dates are confirmed.

We have already completed:

  • new forecourt layout with improved bus stops and taxi drop off points
  • new pedestrian access, removing the need for pedestrians to cross the bus and taxi lanes on the station forecourt
  • new cycle access
  • new paving
  • relocation of the 20 minute drop off point

In addition to the planned works we also:

  • planted 16 additional trees (along with the 3 planned)
  • future proofed the electrical ducts to enable rewiring to take place without the need to excavate the new forecourt area

Customer information for these works 

View the information leaflet about the works

We will do our best to minimise inconvenience to customers during these works.

Access to the station and the car park will be available at all times. Staff on site will be able to answer any questions and help you if you need any assistance.

Access for emergency services will be available at all times.

Bus and taxi services will be available throughout. There will be signs to the temporary bus stops and taxi pick up locations while the works are in progress.

Car parking and drop off signs on site will point you to the correct location for car parking.

Noise: We use vehicles, heavy machinery and equipment that will create noise but we try to keep the noise down as much as possible.

The dates of these works may be subject to change due to factors beyond our control, such as periods of bad weather.

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