A11 improvement works at Barton Mills postponed to spring

Fiveways roundabout, Barton Mills ANL-151017-195743009
Fiveways roundabout, Barton Mills ANL-151017-195743009

Improvement work to the A11 at Fiveways Roundabout near Barton Millswhich was to have started this week has been postponed for operational reasons, Highways England said today.

The work, which will improve safety and traffic flow by changing the road markings and signs on the roundabout and its approaches to more clearly direct traffic into the correct lanes, will now take place ‘by spring this year’.

Highways England project manager, Geoff Chatfield said: “Safety is Highways England’s top priority. We had planned to start work last night on the A11 around Fiveways Roundabout but a combination of factors including the safety of our road workers meant that we have decided to postpone the work for now.

“ We want to do this right, so we are now working closely with our contractors to review plans and reschedule the work to a date as soon as we are able.

“We apologise for the delay in carrying out this work. In the meantime, we have made sure temporary signs are in place on the approaches to the A11 to help reduce the likelihood of incidents and encourage drivers to use the correct lanes as they enter the roundabout.”

The agency says road users and local residents will be told as soon as there is a new start date.

For more information about the A11 Fiveways to Thetford dualling and improvement scheme, which was completed in December 2014, visit www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects where you can also set up email alerts for the projects you are interested in.