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Plans scrapped for new bridges over the Orwell in Ipswich

Artist's impression of the planned Upper Orwell Crossings project which has now been scrapped. Photo: Suffolk County Council

Plans to build three new bridges across the River Orwell in Ipswich have been scrapped due to spiralling costs.

The Upper Orwell Crossings project was launched in 2015 at an estimated cost of around £97 million. However, the latest report says it'll be closer to £140 million.

Suffolk County Council has been unable to secure the extra funding and has ended the project.

The council is hoping to submit plans for two smaller bridges instead.

Artist's impression of the planned Upper Orwell Crossings project which has now been scrapped. Credit: Suffolk County Council

“It is very disappointing that we have been unable to secure any additional funding for the Upper Orwell Crossings and that the existing project will have to stop with immediate effect.

"Suffolk County Council remains fully committed to the future development and continued success of our county town.

"We are still prepared to commit financially towards the costs of building the two smaller bridges, providing we can find significant funding partners to work with us and up to a maximum of £10.8 million which respects the overall commitment we made in 2016 towards the local contribution, less the costs incurred to date.”

– Cllr Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council

The Upper Orwell project was aimed at allowing the redevelopment of the wet dock island site along with relieving congestion in Ipswich and on the A14.

It was also hoped it would spark generation in the south of Ipswich.