New Fiveways roundabout traffic lights and safety measures are now operational
Safety and improvement works on a major Mildenhall roundabout are ‘nearly there’, to the delight of campaigners.
Safety measures at the A11 Fiveways roundabout have now been installed following 10 weeks of works, with specialists in the final stages of adjusting the traffic light system.
The scheme included re-lining the roundabout, new road signs, traffic lights, traffic sensing loops and hard standings for mobile speed enforcement.
A spokesman for Highways England said the traffic signals became operational on November 18 and were in the process of learning to adapt to the different levels of traffic at different times of the day.
“In a nutshell, we’re nearly there,” he said.
The lights are intended to improve traffic flows for drivers from Mildenhall, villages and the A1065.
Mildenhall Parish Council has welcomed the improvements, as residents had long reported congestion and safety issues at Fiveways, particularly at peak times.
Ruth Bowman, chairman, said: “We hope these measures make a really positive difference now, but look forward to Highways England bringing forward a plan for a much bigger purpose-built solution in the future.”
MP Matt Hancock said it was ‘fantastic news’ the works were nearly complete.
“In its previous form, Fiveways was dangerous with many resulting accidents and prone to traffic delays on the approaches to the roundabout,” he said.
“Having secured funding of £400,000, there are now traffic lights and new road signs, markings, bollards and hard standings.
"All of these changes will help to make Fiveways safer – and safety has to be the number one priority.”
Mary Evans, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for highways, transport and rural affairs, said: “I am pleased to see that Highways England has successfully implemented the traffic light scheme at the Fiveways junction.
"This is a much-needed scheme to improve safety and congestion at this key location which will benefit residents of Mildenhall, the surrounding villages and users of the A11.”
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