Bypass option for improving the A11 Fiveways roundabout is the best solution says Barton Mills Parish Council
A £90 million bypass taking the A11 from its Chalk Hill junction to the A11 north of Fiveways has been backed by Barton Mills Parish Council.
This is one of four options to improve safety and congestion at the Fiveways roundabout.
A report by highways consultants Mouchel has produced four options being considered by Highways England, Suffolk County Council, district and parish councils.The improvements are expected to go forward as part of the next round of Government road investment.
The bypass is the costliest option and would improve congestion and safety at Fiveways. It would also close the two dangerous A11 crossings at Tuddenham Road and Herringswell Road.
Pamela Boura, chairman of the parish council said: “We have pressed for a bypass for many years and continue to support this as it will cut the visual and noise impact of the A11 which is going to get worse.”
The new road would run from Chalk Hill, south of the A11, across Tuddenham Road, the River Lark and A1101 to join the existing A11 north of Fiveways. Central reservation gaps would be closed at Park Farm Drive, Herringswell Road to Newmarket Road, Barton Mills, the A11/Herringswell Road/Newmarket Road junction and the A11/Tuddenham Road junction.
There would be footbridge provision for non motorised road users and improved junctions where needed.
This would reduce the traffic noise impact on Barton Mills but maintain access to the village and local businesses.
While it would require land for the new road this could be mitigated by returning the existing A11 carriageway to forest land, where appropriate, says the report.
The three remaining options would be to improve the existing line of the A11 with a new junction at Chalk Hill, a redesigned grade separated junction at Fiveways and new link road connecting Tuddenham Road and Mildenhall Road. Another would be a redesigned roundabout at Fiveways and an overbridge for local traffic at Chalk Hill but there would be no access to the A11 from here or from Newmarket Road/Tuddenham Road. The cheapest option is to upgrade Fiveways to an at grade ‘hamburger’ roundabout with A11 traffic flowing aross the centre.
Highways England needs to have a proposal ready by October.