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New A11 bypass to be opened within days

The A11 at Elveden is the last remaining single-carriageway section of the A11. Photo: ITV Anglia

After years as a notorious bottleneck on the main road into and out of Norfolk from London, the village of Elveden is just days away from being bypassed.

The new A11 bypass will open to traffic for the first time on Monday 28 April as the latest milestone to completing the final section of dual-carriageway on the road.

But traffic won't be speeding through just yet as only a single carriageway will be open to two-way traffic and then travelling with a 40 mph speed limit.

The A11 Elveden bypass has been under construction since June 2012 Credit: Mike Page

The £100 million project to dual 9 miles of the A11 in Suffolk between the Fiveways roundabout and Thetford started in June 2012.

The new bypass will run with one lane open in each direction, and with a 40mph speed limit, between Chalk Hall Farm to near the end of the scheme, just before Thetford roundabout.

Once the bypass is opened, work will begin to construct the new southbound slip road less than a mile south of the Thetford roundabout. This work is expected to take approximately 12 weeks.

“Although this is just a partial opening with one lane in each direction with a 40mph speed limit for the time being, road users and local residents will see an immediate benefit of reduced congestion and smoother journeys.”

– Geoff Chatfield, Highways Agency project manager
The Elveden route is the last remaining single carriageway section of the A11 Credit: ITV Anglia

The Highways Agency says that subject to satisfactory weather conditions over the next few days, work to open the bypass is expected to start overnight on Sunday 27 April and complete by 6am on Monday 28 April. A11 traffic will then use the new bypass as the regular route.

HGVs that normally use the C633 towards Bury St Edmunds will be directed to leave the A11 at the new B1106 junction and follow signs to continue their normal route. Advanced warning signs will be placed along local roads directing traffic. Access to businesses and properties along the B1106 and within Elveden Village will remain open as usual, via the new junction.

The A11 Elveden bypass has cost more than £100 million. Credit: ITV News Anglia