Base to get £4.6m access revamp

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ONE of the area’s military bases will undergo more than £4.5 million worth of improvements to roads and access points after a contract was agreed.

Construction company, Mansell, has been awarded a £4.6 million contract to build a Large Vehicle Inspection Facility (LVIS) at RAF Lakenheath.

The contract also includes the widening of the bordering A1065 and the installation of new traffic lights. A new road network leading to a gatehouse will be incorporated into the project.

The facility will allow base personnel to search large vehicles and HGVs, using screening equipment.

Mansell describes the LVIS as ‘state-of-the-art’ and Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Thompson, commander of the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, said he felt it would alleviate traffic on the busy A1065.

He said: “This facility will provide the latest inspection technology to improve both the speed and accuracy of the inspections, as well as enhance the protection of the Lakenheath community.

“This will reduce traffic at Gate One which should ultimately improve traffic flow on the A1065.”

Mansell secured the contract after being chosen by Defence Estates, managers of the military estate on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

Dean Burgess, regional managing director of Mansell’s East Anglia business unit, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this project which continues our long-term relationship with Defence Estates.

“We are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to enhance the facilities at RAF Lakenheath and ensure the timely delivery of important defence projects such as this.”

Work is planned to start in May with completion scheduled for June 2012.