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£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

Fiveways Roundabout in Mildenhall near Barton Mills. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Fiveways Roundabout in Mildenhall near Barton Mills. Picture: GREGG BROWN

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.

Conservative Matt Hancock has been re-elected as the MP for West Suffolk. Picture: MATT REASON Conservative Matt Hancock has been re-elected as the MP for West Suffolk. Picture: MATT REASON

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.”

11 comments

  • Sudders - get over what? Neither you nor I voted to leave the Customs Union or the Single Market - the vote was to decide on membership of the EU. Leaving the EU is NOT the same thing as leaving all the institutions that in many cases support us. So get some reading done, stop following the Press and the Conservative Party so slavishly and get a grip on reality - so far no-one has lost anything but in a couple of years time, Sudders you will recall this exchange and weep.

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    Alan Hammond

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • Sudders - get over what? Neither you nor I voted to leave the Customs Union or the Single Market - the vote was to decide on membership of the EU. Leaving the EU is NOT the same thing as leaving all the institutions that in many cases support us. So get some reading done, stop following the Press and the Conservative Party so slavishly and get a grip on reality - so far no-one has lost anything but in a couple of years time, Sudders you will recall this exchange and weep.

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    Alan Hammond

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • Alan Hammond, you lost. You seriously need to get over it.

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    Sudders

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • If that mad woman at number 10 is allowed to destroy the Country by removing us from the single market and the customs union there will not be any road improvements in 2020 or indeed at anytime in the foreseeable future. The regions lickspittle conservative MPs all campaigned to remain in Europe until they decided to sup at the May fountain of greed and avarice. There will be a bill to pay for that traitorous behaviour, and capital schemes such as the ones being discussed here will therefore remain firmly in the realms of fairy tale.

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    Alan Hammond

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • What a shame that the so-called planners couldn't see what everyone who uses the Fiveways roundabout already knew - that it should have been replaced by flyovers at the same time that the Elvedon bypass was constructed. Good to see that they're considering improvements around Bury St Edmunds.

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    Honest Injun

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • I don't think SCC have heard of split level junctions, just roundabouts, traffic lights and short term fixes. They fail to plan and plan to fail.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • I don't know how long ago the 5 ways Roundabout was updated and created, but surely a 'so called' planner should have been able to foresee all the problems that this roundabout has created ?..it should have been fairly obvious then that the A11 needed to bypass the roundabout !..

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    freedomf

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • Well lets not hold our breath here. I think with the present political situation any proposal- from any political party- can only be considered as fairyland.

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    John Alborough

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • BSE area getting some genuine and long-term infrastructure improvements. Ipswich proposes to waste over £100m on a bridge that will just shift the traffic jams from one part of the town to another and will do absolutely nothing to prevent the gridlock that happens when the bridge closes. This is one of the reasons why BSE is booming and Ipswich is stagnating.

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    McLean

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • SCC true to form again West Suffolk having investment thrown at it. I am convinced that SCC thinks, or should that be wished that Suffolk ended at Bury St Edmunds.

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    Dalesman

    Monday, June 12, 2017

  • SCC true to form again West Suffolk having investment thrown at it. I am convinced that SCC thinks, or should that be wished that Suffolk ended at Bury St Edmunds.

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    Dalesman

    Monday, June 12, 2017

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