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Weekend closures of the A11 Fiveways roundabout near Barton Mills

27 September 2013 12:00

Highways Agency

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Road users are advised that there will be three weekend closures on sections of the Fiveways roundabout at Barton Mills in Suffolk as part of the A11 Fiveways to Thetford dualling and improvement scheme. The first will be on the first weekend in October.

By closing sections of the roundabout, the Highways Agency will be able to safely carry out a complete reconstruction of the Fiveways roundabout.

The first closures will take place on the northbound section of the A11 on its approach to the Fiveways roundabout, as well as on the A1101 north (Bury Road) in both directions (green area on the graphic), and will start at 10pm on Friday 4 October. The A11 northbound will re-open at 6am on Monday 7 October. There will be no access to, from or within the green area.

The second closure will take place from 10pm on Friday 11 October to 6am on Monday 14 October. It will affect the northbound A11 from the Fiveways roundabout and the A1065 (Brandon Road) in both directions (blue area on the graphic). There will be no access to, from or within the blue area.

The third closure will be on the southbound A11 to and from the Fiveways Roundabout, and the A1101 south (Mildenhall Road) in both directions (yellow area of the graphic). It will take place from 8pm on Friday 18 October to 5am Monday 21 October. There will be no access to, from or within the yellow area.

Highways Agency project manager, Geoff Chatfield, said:

“Work to construct the A11 dualling and improvement scheme is progressing well and as planned. The redesign of the Fiveways roundabout, which includes adding more capacity for road users, is an essential part of the project and will ensure that the roundabout continues to operate well after the dual carriageway opens.

“We have to close sections of the roundabout to give the road workers space to operate in. By doing it over three weekends we avoid the need to close the roundabout entirely, and means we can get the work completed as quickly and as safely as possible.

“We are committed to keeping disruption to road users to a minimum, so we have carefully planned the work to take place at weekends only, when traffic flows are lower, and outside of the busy school holiday periods.”

There will be clearly signed strategic and local diversion routes during the closures. For more information, visit http://www.highways.gov.uk/publications/a11-fiveways-to-thetford-improvement-scheme-fiveways-roundabout-reconstruction-closure-and-diversion-routes-october-2013/ and download the pdf leaflet.

Road users are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys prior to setting out.

For more information about the scheme and to register for regular updates, visit http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a11-fiveways-to-thetford-improvement. Road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or follow @HAtraffic_east on Twitter for the latest travel information.

Notes to Editors

Issued by Regional News Network East on behalf of the Highways Agency. For further information please contact Valerie Amar-Matthews on 01223 771878. Media enquiries out of hours should be made to the Highways Agency National Press Office (24hrs) on 0844 693 1448.

Graphic caption:
• Weekend one: green area
• Weekend two: blue area
• Weekend three: yellow area

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and trunk roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.

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Issued by Regional News Network East on behalf of the Highways Agency. For further information please contact Valerie Amar-Matthews on 01223 771878. Media enquiries out of hours should be made to the Highways Agency National Press Office (24hrs) on 0844 693 1448.

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