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Grant could help cut congestion
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Lowestoft's harbour bridge could get a fourth lane to help cut congestion
An 800,000 bid is being prepared to fund a transport plan to ease congestion in a Suffolk resort.

If successful, the money from Government-backed Sustrans organisation would be spent on a transport plan for Lowestoft.

The transport plan would look at ways to encourage people in Lowestoft to walk, cycle or use public transport, instead of cars.

It would also look at whether a fourth lane could go over the harbour bridge.

The plan, being championed by Waveney District Council and Suffolk County Council, will also look at using land next to the railway station for a possible new bus station.

Plan needed

The county council's transport spokesman Guy McGregor said Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds had transport plans, and he wanted one for Lowestoft.

"We recognise that the town has got its difficulties and it's made harder to sort because it's only got two crossings to get people in from the south and west," he said.

"The need for a fourth lane on the bridge was identified by the leader of Waveney council and the easiest way is to have a separate pedestrian bridge of high quality.

"If this pedestrian bridge is built, we'd hope that the existing footpaths over the bridge could create the width for a fourth lane. We're not engineers, but that's our idea."

Mr McGregor said the town's railway station played a vital part in getting people out of cars and he opposed urban regeneration company 1st East's plans to move the station away from the town centre.

"It's called Lowestoft Central and it's ideally situated where it is," he said.

"I don't want a Felixstowe where the station is shunted out of the town.

"It is medium term, but we've got our minds set on this and I hope we would be getting some things in place within two years, although others perhaps will take five or ten years."


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