After a lot of thought and discussions with residents, the police, Woodbridge town council , Martlesham Parish council and county council officials, I’ve decided on the following:
The Seal Crossing
Although I allocated money for this last year, progress has been slow. I’ve therefore added an additional £5,000 from this years funding to the money I allocated last year for the island crossing at the top of Ipswich Road. The aim is to get something that will allow people to cross in two stages, that will also encourage drivers to slow down by alerting them to the fact people (school students, mothers with buggies, elderly bus users and cyclists)I believe that surveyors have now been out to identify the best place and that plans are being drawn up.
Calming Ipswich Road
I’m allocating £3000 hopefully for a speed activated sign for further along Ipswich Road. I’m thinking of some alert – a solar-powered LED maybe? For the steep slope that leads down to the John Grose garage. Because the banks are steep and there are no pavements no-one can safely do speed checks and there is subsequently a new entrance to the new housingcoming out onto the road after a blind bend. I and the police and the town council are all really – and legitimately -worried about the danger of this.
This remaining £4000 is to go to traffic calming/cyclist and pedestrian protection in Sandy Lane. The difficulty with Sandy Lane is that not only are issues about pedestrians etc going along from adjacent houses, but it is a National Cycle route AND at every high tide and a couple of hours on each side, the other footpath from Woodbridge to Martlesham is impassable (three feet depth of water across two or three hundred yards at the creek) meaning all sorts of walkers ramblers dogwalkers twitchers etc have to divert onto the road which is very windy and with steep banks and high hedges on the Woodbridge side of the railway bridge. I have walked this with three Martlesham parish councillors to get their ideas