A11 work to start next year

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WORK to dual a nine-mile stretch of the A11 near Thetford will begin in early 2013, the Government has revealed.

In a letter to South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, the Government’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Mike Penning, confirmed work was due to begin between January and March next year.

The Government proposes widening the road between Barton Mills and Thetford in a scheme expected to cost £131 million.

Improvements are also planned at the Fiveways roundabout and an underpass is due to be built, taking the B1112 beneath the new road

Mr Penning’s letter reads: “The A11 Fiveways to Thetford improvement scheme is one of 14 schemes announced in October 2010 and one of four schemes now scheduled to start in 2012/2013 (between January and March 2013), subject to the completion of a statutory process.”

Since May 2010, Ms Truss, supported by Matthew Hancock and other Norfolk MPs, have lobbied for the final section of dualling on the A11 to be completed.

On receiving the letter, Ms Truss said: “This is very good news and illustrates the government’s commitment to infrastructure projects which promote growth and employment.

“The time frame for the construction has been brought forward and some preparatory work has already commenced around the Elveden Estate.

“I know residents and businesses from across the region will be very pleased by this announcement.”