Transport Secretary confirms A11 Barton Mills roundabout safety review

Matthew Hancock at Fiveways with safety campaigners ANL-151013-124743001
Matthew Hancock at Fiveways with safety campaigners ANL-151013-124743001

The first phase of safety improvements to the A11 Fiveways roundabout will start after Christmas, the Transport Secretary has confirmed.

The secretary of state has told West Suffolk Matthew Hancock that new temporary signs are in place and planned improvement works to the A11 southwest bound approach will be carried out by Highways England after Christmas to allow current safety issues to be addressed.

Fiveways roundabout, Barton Mills ANL-151017-195648009

Fiveways roundabout, Barton Mills ANL-151017-195648009

In a letter to Mr Hancock, Patrick Mcloughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, said he was aware of congestion on the Fiveways roundabout at Barton Mills during peak hours.

He said that the Post Opening Project Evaluation report will take this into consideration next year before carrying out planned improvement works.

The Transport Secretary said that the report will review the roundabout’s operation and take into account and impact of the dualled A11 on the local road network.

He also concluded that he is already very encouraged by early indications of dualling the A11 and has already seen benefits in the area.

Mr Hancock said: “The concerns around traffic volume and the safety of all who use the roundabout should rightly be a priority and I am pleased that we have now received confirmation that Highways England are to carry out a more detailed analysis of these safety issues after Christmas.

“I regularly use this roundabout and have seen first-hand how busy it can get. I will continue to push for our local roads to have the upgrades they need, and for safety to be paramount as these improvements are continued to be carried out”.