On this page you can find out about the Travel Ipswich scheme, as well as information about core aspects of the scheme, including:
- Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC)
- real time passenger information
- pedestrian guardrails
- advanced stop lines (ASL)
You can also find out about works completed as part of the scheme, and the changes made at each location.
About the scheme
The Travel Ipswich scheme has now ended.
The scheme was a £21 million package of traffic management and promotion of smarter travelling choices, such as bus, walking and cycling improvements to address the main transport issues facing Ipswich in the future.
Funding for the scheme was primarily from the Department of Transport for the purposes of developing the town.
The scheme has looked to relieve transport pressures on the town that could increase due to significant development within Ipswich, particularly employment, which is anticipated to be focussed around the central areas.
Traffic modelling shows that with the anticipated level of growth, traffic could increase by over 15% by 2021.
The computer controlled UTMC system has been introduced in the Ipswich area to manage traffic.
The new system:
- co-ordinates traffic signals
- will operate variable-message signs to give drivers information on special events, or warnings of congestion or accidents
- makes it possible to give later running buses priority at junctions
UTMC can create a better and more efficient way of managing traffic, including:
- better management of main roads into Ipswich, to smooth traffic flow and reduce congestion
- sensors along the road check the traffic flow and bus times
- traffic signal timings can be changed automatically to manage congestion, improve bus journey times and reduce pollution
- systems that inform the public about accidents, congestion and events through websites and apps
- information signs for motorists and real time information located at bus stops for bus passengers
As part of the bus station improvement works, a state of the art real time passenger information system has been installed in the refurbished Old Cattle Market and Tower Ramparts Bus Stations.
The screens are designed to display information when buses are due to arrive. This then enables passengers to get a more accurate picture of when a bus will arrive.
The buses are tracked and monitored so that information can be relayed to the screens. Passengers will then be able to see how long they will have to wait for their next bus.
You can find out more about live departure information at www.suffolkonboard.com.
Part of the Travel Ipswich scheme has been removing many of the railings around the town.
Pedestrian guardrails have been used in the past to reduce the potential for collisions between pedestrians and vehicles. When used in appropriate locations, guardrails can successfully reduce the risk for vulnerable road users. Unfortunately, there has been a tendency to overuse guardrails and provide them in locations where other solutions would be more appropriate.
However, it is thought that excessive separation of pedestrians and vehicles may have resulted in higher vehicle speeds in some locations, as drivers may perceive a reduced risk of conflict with pedestrians. Also, excessive guardrails are unsightly and clutter the street scape.
Poorly located guardrails can result in pedestrians being trapped on the carriageway, or divert them from their desired route. This has resulted in some pedestrians choosing to walk around or climb over rails. Additionally, in some instances, the provision of guardrails has led to cyclists being squashed against them by turning vehicles at junctions.
In Suffolk, we have adopted current best practice to remove what is considered "clutter" from the road and footways. An additional consequence of this approach is that both pedestrians and motorists are encouraged by their surroundings to have less reliance on physical measures, and instead have a heightened awareness of the safety issues in any set of circumstances.
Guardrails were removed in Soane Street and St Margaret's Street, allowing the street environment to be appreciated as a place rather than a thoroughfare for traffic.
Advanced stop lines mark the area of space at a junction for cyclists to use when waiting. These have been introduced as part of the Travel Ipswich scheme to help cyclists.
These junctions improve safety for cyclists by making them more visible to motorists, as well helping to avoid them being "cut up" by traffic by allowing them to move off first.
Advanced stop lines have been introduced across Ipswich to make our roads safer for cyclists, therefore encouraging more people to take up this mode of transport.
We have made some positive changes to different areas around the town. Many areas now have improved accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers.
Click on the locations below to find out more about the changes made in each of these places:
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