A11 start date

The A11 between Barton Mills and Thetford, where dualling work will begin in January

The A11 between Barton Mills and Thetford, where dualling work will begin in January

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The dualling of the stretch of A11 between Thetford and the Fiveways roundabout will be completed by December 2014, an MP has revealed.

Norman Baker, parliamentary under secretary for transport, announced the news in a debate in Westminster Hall last Tuesday.

He said: “The massive improvement on the A11 between Fiveways and Thetford will be delivered by December 2014, so Norwich will finally get the road that it has perhaps been after for some time.”

On Monday, Stephen Hammond, roads minister, also confirmed that work will begin in January next year.

He said: ““The start of construction in January shows our commitment to deliver much-needed improvements to the UK’s infrastructure now.

“The new bypass and widening of the A11 will bring significant benefits for the economy, road users, and local people, by improving road safety and removing the bottlenecks.”

The scheme will see 5.5 miles of the current stretch of road between Thetford and Barton Mills widened, with another 3.6 miles of bypass built around Elveden.

Advanced works have already begun, including the installation of post and wire fencing to protect the safety of pedestrians, horse-riders, cyclists and larger animals by stopping them from entering the construction site.

Access tracks to the Elveden Estate have also been constructed while ecological investigations are underway.

Newt fencing has been erected and temporary badger fencing and permanent badger tunnels are to be constructed to minimise disruption to their migratory routes.

Further information about the £131 million scheme will be displayed at Elveden Village Hall in November.

Public information exhibitions will be held on November 22 from 3pm to 8pm, November 23 from 10am to 8pm and November 24 from 10am to 3pm.

Work on the project will require a number of overnight closures of the stretch of road, according to the Highways Agency.

Closures will start on Monday and carry on throughout November, a spokesman said.

“The full closures will allow the workforce to safely carry out clearance work alongside the A11 where it will be dualled, and site surveys,” he said.