Work has started on a £2.5 million scheme that will see a restaurant and petrol station open at Fiveways roundabout creating 40 jobs.
The development of the site, which will include a Mcdonald’s restaurant and a Shell garage was made possible thanks to a £500,000 loan from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Richard Stanton, director of developer Pigeon, said: “This is an exciting development of a new motor service area to service the newly improved A11.
“It has been made possible by Local Enterprise Partnership funding and will create new jobs and generate significant economic benefits for the local community.
“This development forms the first phase of a larger commercial development plan, which we look forward to working closely with Forest Heath District Council as our vision for this site progresses.”
Forest Heath District Council assisted Pigeon in securing the loan.
James Waters, leader of the council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to work with Pigeon to secure the funding for this scheme, which will provide a gateway off the A11 into Mildenhall.
“In the short term it will provide a boost to the construction industry, while in the longer term it tidies up the entrance to a key route into our town and creates about 40 new jobs in the Mildenhall area.”
Clearance work has begun at the roundabout site on the A11 and it is estimated it will be completed early next year.
Pigeon has appointed RG Carter, based in Bury St Edmunds and Thetford, as the main contractors with JR Breheny carrying out the roadworks.
Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP, said: “This is another example where investment is making a real difference.”