£105 million road widening project on A11 between Barton Mills and Thetford is opened

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A multi-million pound investment to upgrade a stretch of the A11 between the Fiveways roundabout at Barton Mills and Thetford has officially been opened.

The nine-mile stretch of road which has cost £105 million to widen from a single carriageway to a dual-carriageway, was opened by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Beginning back in January 2013, the project, which has also included the creation of a new fly-over the B1112 and five-other new structures, was part of a £3.3 billion investment in major road improvements in England during the Government’s last spending review period.

To mark the occasion a commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Mr McLoughlin, which following the opening was set to be mounted near the new underpass at the Elveden war memorial.

“This major upgrade to the A11 is part of the most ambitious, far-reaching roads programme for decades. It will not only benefit those who use the road every day but create jobs and opportunities, benefiting hardworking families across the East of England,” said Mr McLoughlin.