Business leaders discussed the benefits of the Upper Orwell Crossings during a site visit to see the ground investigation works that will be used in the detailed design of the three bridges.
Cathy Frost, Ipswich Vision Co-ordinator, joined Sue Cook, Suffolk County Council’s interim chief executive, leader of the council Colin Noble, cabinet member for Ipswich Paul West, and representatives from the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and the Ipswich Vision Board to see some of the ground investigations take place.
Cathy Frost said: “The Upper Orwell Crossings are an exciting project for Ipswich. The scheme will lead to reduced traffic congestion in central Ipswich and be a catalyst for the regeneration of the Waterfront and Island site.
“This project also has immense significance in improving the connectivity to the Greater Ipswich area and the wider regions of East Anglia and the South East.”
The works began on 15 January and could take up to three months to complete. The work is being carried out by contractors Fugro GeoServices Ltd, who have been drilling boreholes on land and water, some as deep as 80m.
New Anglia LEP awarded £2million through its Growth Deal with HM Government to support the feasibility study for the options on the crossings.
Weekly updates on the progress of the ground investigations will be published online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/upperorwellcrossings
The timeline for the crossings remains on track and it is anticipated construction of the crossings will begin in 2020 with completion scheduled for 2023.
You can find out more about the Upper Orwell Crossings here
You can find out more about the Ipswich Vision here