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Wolsey Grange - highway improvements

Wolsey Grange - London Road - Ipswich - Suffolk - IP2 0UA

Taylor Wimpey is improving Poplar Lane, a section of the A1071 and the junction of the A1071 and A1214 as part of the Wolsey Grange development on the edge of Ipswich.

  • Overview

    Wolsey Grange - highway improvements

    The planned improvements to the local highway network were due to begin in April last year. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, we decided to postpone the works in the interest of the health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, employees and subcontractors as well as helping to prevent the spread of the virus.

    By following strict COVID secure guidelines, we have rescheduled these works to begin on 12th April, 2021. These improvements are for the benefit of both existing and new residents and will be subject to a Section 278 agreement. This ensures appropriate design and safety standards are met.

    If you have any further questions, you can get in touch with us via the ‘Email Us’ button. 


    We would like to thank you for your patience during this time.

  • What's proposed

    What's proposed



    The intention of these works is to increase the capacity on the local road network and, once complete, they will help everyone in the area travel quicker. We are also introducing new footpaths to improve pedestrian safety locally.

    Why are these works taking place?

    As part of the planning consent for the Wolsey Grange development in Ipswich, Taylor Wimpey will be carrying out road improvement works to Poplar Lane, the A1071 and the A1214. These works have been requested by Suffolk County Council.

    Improvement works to A1071-Poplar Lane junction

    As part of the local highway network improvements, an extra lane will be built leading up to the A1214 as well as an extra cycle lane. There will also be new signals at the A1071 and Poplar Lane junction, which will be resurfaced.

    The section of the A1071 between the A1214 and Poplar Lane will be closed during this time, with traffic diverted through London Road and Hadleigh Road, to speed up the works.

    All of this work will be completed with the full approval of Suffolk County Council and we hope to keep inconvenience to the local community to a minimum. However, there will be some disruption at times, and for this we apologise.

    Improvement works to A1214-A1071 junction

    The A1214/A1071 junction works will see improvements made to traffic islands at the junction with Scrivener Drive, to allow two lanes from the A1071, along with resurfacing and signalling improvements.

    A1214 traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction to ensure the work can be safely carried out.

    Traffic from Scrivener Drive will be restricted to left-turn in, left-turn-out only and traffic signals will be switched off to ensure maximum traffic flow.

  • Community

    Community Benefits

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    Benefits to the area


    We are improving Poplar Lane, the A1071 and the A1214 as part of our Section 278 agreement with Suffolk County Council, which was requested as part of our planning permission for our Wolsey Grange development. The work is designed to improve journey times and improve pedestrian safety locally. Despite the period of inconvenience, we hope the community will appreciate our investment in the road network.


    Taylor Wimpey supports the communities in which it builds not only by providing much-needed new homes, but also through financial contributions that help improve local infrastructure and facilities such as roads, schools and health services.


  • Updates

    News and updates

    When are the works taking place?

    Through our plans, we’ve worked carefully to minimise disruption as much as possible and allow a degree of flexibility in order to respond to any issues with the wider network, such as bridge closures. 

    However, as the work is due to take place on a busy junction close to the A14, it is anticipated that there may be some impact on traffic at peak times.

    The first stage of the works should take approximately 12 weeks to complete. To ensure that the works are completed quickly and to minimise disruption, work will take place between 7:30am and 7:00pm, Monday-Friday and between 7:30am and 4:00pm at weekends.

    The improvements will begin on Monday 12th April, 2021 and should last until July 2021. There will be no night works during this stage of the programme.