Our response to the Upper Orwell Crossings

21 January 2019

Suffolk County Council have announced this afternoon that they are not progressing with the road bridge over the Orwell as a result of increased costs.

We have been in detailed discussions with senior representatives of the County Council since it emerged that the most likely outcome was the undeliverability of the Upper Orwell Crossings. We very much regret this outcome.

We have been urging that the County Council maintains its underwritten financial commitment to Ipswich, though now to the principle of connections to enable a comprehensive redevelopment of the Island site. If, within a time-limited period, this cannot be progressed, we have urged the County Council to transfer its financial commitment to an alternative town centre project, to be prioritised by the Ipswich Vision Board.

Our town centre needs an equal measure of continued improvement and certainty, and we will play our part.