To ensure that traffic moves smoothly, managing limited road space effectively will be key, while making travelling without the car more attractive. A new walking, cycling and public transport strategy will look at ways of managing roads to minimise delays to buses, giving cyclists clear passage through traffic jams and by making it easier for people to walk across roads.
Many peak hour trips in and around Ipswich are relatively short and so could easily be done by bicycle or on foot. Therefore, if more of us walked and cycled, particularly for trips to work and school, this will help to reduce congestion and also help improve health and fitness.
However, Ipswich’s busiest roads can deter people from making trips or result in less than pleasant journeys. This is why the new strategy will prioritise schemes for investment that reduce barriers to movement and create safe and convenient routes along and across these roads, improving air quality wherever possible.
For longer trips, there will still be some scope for cycling but bus is likely to be the main alternative to the car. The new strategy will look at providing more passenger capacity, give buses higher priority and raise the quality of travelling by bus in Ipswich. It will also look at rebuilding existing bus stations and improve the passenger waiting and information facilities at bus stops.
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