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The Secretary of State for Transport gave direction for the Upper Orwell Crossings to be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and it is them who will decide on whether it gets consent.
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The Upper Orwell Crossings proposals
The Upper Orwell Crossings (formally known as Ipswich Wet Dock Crossing) would include all of the following three bridges:
|Crossing A||Crossing B||Crossing C|
|A new road crossing to the south of the Wet Dock Island, which would connect the east and west banks. This crossing would be for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.||A new road crossing of the New Cut, which would connect the west bank to the Wet Dock Island. This crossing would be for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.||An improved crossing over the Prince Philip Lock, which would connect the east bank to the Wet Dock Island. This crossing would be for cyclists and pedestrians only.|
Provisional funding has been allocated for all three crossings (A, B and C).