Junction improvements on Foxhall Road and Heath Road, Ipswich

These improvements will mean more efficient traffic movements around the roundabout and improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities.

The junction improvements are to ease congestion at the Foxhall Road, Heath Road roundabout and the Bixley Road, Heath Road approaches. 

 The improvements will involve: 

  • The Heath Road and Bixley Road roundabout approaches will be widened to create an additional lane
  • The two toucan crossings will be upgraded with new control technology
  • New LED street lighting 
  • Reconstruction of four traffic islands 
  • Minor footpath reconstruction 

Overnight resurfacing will take place towards the end of the junction improvements. Further details can be found below.

Work starts from Monday 22 January 2018, for 12 weeks


Please note: The times and dates of these improvement works may be subject to change due to unforeseen factors, such as bad weather. 

It will be necessary for Foxhall Road to be closed from the roundabout to Darnford Gardens. This road closure will be in place from 5 February 2018 and will remain in place until the end of the improvements, 14 April.

The diversion route for the closure will be via Foxhall Road, Bell Lane, Main Road Kesgrave, Heath Road and vice versa.

To assist the traffic flow during the Foxhall Road closure, temporary traffic signals will be in place at the junction with Bixley Road and Chilton Road.


Start date: Monday 9 April 2018

Planned end date: Saturday 14 April 2018

Duration: 5 nights

To complete the junction resurfacing, it will be necessary to close the road overnight between 7pm and 5am.

The first two nights will involve resurfacing along Heath Road, for approximately 60m from the roundabout, Bixley Road for approximately 100m from the roundabout and Foxhall Road (heading towards the town centre) for approximately 50m from the roundabout.

The third night will involve relining and the last two nights will involve installing the traffic signal sensors for the renewed toucan crossings.

Diversion routes:

Heath Road - Heath Road, Felixstowe Road, A12, Main Road, Martlesham, Bixley Road and vice versa.

Bixley Road - Foxhall Road, Derby Road, Felixstowe Road, Bixley Road and vice versa. 

Foxhall Road - Derby Road, Felixstowe Road, Bixley Road and vice versa.

Start Date: Monday 22 January 2018

Planned end date: Saturday 14 April 2018

Duration: 12 weeks 

Suffolk Highways has planned these works to be delivered six days a week (Monday – Saturday) to reduce the length of time on site. For the duration of the scheme, temporary traffic signals will be in place 24/7 to maintain the safety of our staff and the travelling public.

The signals will be manually controlled, including peak times from 7am to 7pm each working day. This is to alleviate delays and traffic queues.



Pedestrian access will be available to properties and businesses in the area immediately around the works. Staff on site will be able to answer any questions and help you safely get in or out of the area.  However, once any road closure is in place, vehicular access to your property may be temporarily unavailable for periods of 15-20 minutes, for example, if we are digging up the road outside your property or laying a new surface. We will work to ensure this is kept to a minimum. Through traffic will be required to follow the signed diversion.

Businesses:  We understand that businesses need to know that customers can still visit so, where appropriate, we will display signs saying “Businesses open as usual”.

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

Other services have been notified of these works including emergency services, local bus operators and Ipswich Borough Council for bin collections.

Contact us and give feedback

If you have any questions during the works, please speak to staff on site. Alternatively, you can contact us by:

  • web chat by selecting 'chat with us' in the right hand corner
  • phone 0345 606 6171

We would also be grateful for feedback on how the works were carried out and what you think of the result to help us improve our service.

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