West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has officially opened the new Fiveways Service area at Barton Mills which has already created more than 120 jobs in the area.
Two new tenants, a Shell Petrol Station and a McDonalds Restaurant, have moved into the site with a specialist car wash, tyre and exhaust centre due to start trading in the next few weeks.
Mr Hancock praised Bury St Edmunds based property firm Pigeon Investment Management Limited for its ‘tenacity and vision’ developing the services alongside the recently widened A11.
He said: “I feel like I could spend my whole political career opening things along the new A11 and as the Paymaster General, the best thing about it is that we didn’t pay for a penny of it.
“It is testament to the tenacity of the council and the hard work of Pigeon to have that clear vision that when you have a new piece of infrastructure you make the most of it.”
The Fiveways roundabout now sees 40,000 vehicle movements every day.
Pigeon director, Richard Stanton, said: “This is a much needed amenity and certainly the number of visitors we have seen since trading started a few weeks ago would seem to prove the point.
“This development follows shortly after completion of the duelling of the A11 to the north of Fiveways and we are already seeing the benefits to the region.
“Norwich is no longer the only major UK city not linked to the rest of the UK by dual carriageway.”
Mr Stanton thanked Forest Heath District Council for their ‘tremendous support, help and cooperation’ in backing the scheme.