1. ITV Report

A11 work signals end of 'Cinderella' years

A11 at Elveden Photo: ITV Anglia

Roads Minister Stephen Hammond has launched the building of a road scheme to upgrade the last remaining single carriageway section on the A11.

The £105 million Fiveways to Thetford dualling and improvement scheme will widen 5.5 miles of the A11 - a key route between the M11 and Norwich - and build a new 3.6 mile bypass around the village of Elveden, from Chalk Hall Farm to Thetford roundabout.

The road should be finished by December 2014 and should bring an end to congestion and improve road safety.

Perhaps East Anglia has been seen as the Cinderella in the past but not any longer."The A11 is another example of how we are delivering projects that will boost the economy in the East of England.'

– Stephen Hammond MP, Roads Minister

From today there will be a temporary 40mph speed limit along of the whole length of the A11 scheme (between Fiveways and Thetford roundabouts) for the duration of the works, for the safety of road users and the workforce. The Highways Agency will keep road users, local communities and its key partners updated on delivery to the project, including any closures needed and key milestones reached.

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To find out more about the A11 improvements visit the Highways Agency website.

“Starting work on widening the A11 now, on time, shows our commitment to deliver much-needed improvements to England’s strategic road network and to support the country’s economy. The new bypass and widening of the A11 will provide a main highway link to Norwich from London and the South East, as well as benefitting road users and local people by improving road safety and removing the bottlenecks.”

– Geoff Chatfield, Highways Agency Project Manager

We are incredibly pleased that this project is up and running and it is a relief that work is underway - we have wanted these improvements for some time. As well as campaigning hard for this project the county council has also supported the Highways Agency’s project by contributing to the funding of the underpass near the War Memorial. The dualling of this final stretch of the A11 will be of significant benefit to both the local area and further afield from both an economic and safety point of view."

– Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council