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IELTS 12 Academic Test 6 Task 1

The maps illustrate the current layout and future development plans of the heart of a small town called Islip.

Overall, the development will bring a shopping centre, some new housing and a pedestrian-only mall where the main road currently runs through.

According to the maps, the centre of Islip is mostly comprised of a straight road running from east to west with a row of shops on either side. The main road comes in from the west and forks off southwards before the row of shops to form a cul-de-sac, which runs due south and curves east past a school on the southern side before ending in front of two housing areas. Coming from the eastern direction, the road forks off below the same southern row of shops to connect to a medium-sized park. Along the north of the main road is countryside.

After the redevelopment, the park will be reduced in size, and its connecting road and the cul-de-sac will both be widened and extended to join up along the southern side of the town centre. The main road will be diverted north through the countryside, and the shops along northern side of the current main road will be replaced by a bus station, shopping centre and car park. The section of the main road through the town centre will be converted to an area for pedestrians only, except for a small lane in from the east to feed into a new housing complex there.

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