£86million bypass for A11 Fiveways Roundabout considered among raft of major works on Suffolk roads
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:08 12 June 2017
The potential for hundreds of millions of pounds of investment in west Suffolk transport, from a bypass at an accident blackspot roundabout on the A11 to a raft of A14 improvements, have been revealed.
Councillors at Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough were given a presentation on a range of major improvement works.
An £86million bypass at Fiveways Roundabout on the A11, near Mildenhall, and congestion relief at A14 junctions in Bury St Edmunds are being considered as part of a bid for Government funding in 2020 to 2025.
On Friday, re-elected West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock welcomed the plans, after using his victory speech to make transport improvements a key priority.
He said: “Over the past seven years as West Suffolk MP I’ve campaigned for much needed local infrastructure. I’m glad to see further improvements, like an upgrade to Fiveways Roundabout, are being taken forward. Of course there’s more to do but this presentation is a big step forward.”
The presentation, which was put forward as part of a partnership project between councils across Suffolk, includes improvements to the A14/A11 junction, a long held issue for growth in the area, and details on Haverhill rail link.
Councillor Lance Stanbury, cabinet member for planning and growth for Forest Heath, said: “Both Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough have lobbied hard together with partners and local groups to get the vital improvements we need to ensure the continued economic success of the area.
“Improving these strategic transport links is not only good for jobs and helping attract new business but is vital for the success and safety of our current communities.
“West Suffolk is a success story and we are working hard with local communities and representatives to make sure we are managing growth and seizing opportunities.
“Our arguments have clearly been listened to as improvements at Fiveways Roundabout now form part of Road Investment Strategy Two (RIS2) funding and is a good example of how together we can attract millions of pounds of investment in vital infrastructure.”