Matthew Hancock MP delighted that A11 bypass opens today

Prime Minister David Cameron visits the A11 dualling project at Elveden
Prime Minister David Cameron visits the A11 dualling project at Elveden

Matthew Hancock MP has welcomed the news that the A11 bypass will open today (Monday, April 28).

This opening is part of a major scheme to dual the A11 between Fiveways roundabout and Thetford in Suffolk.

The new bypass will run with one lane open in each direction and with a 40mph speed limit.

It will run between Chalk Hall Farm to near the end of the scheme, just before Thetford roundabout.

Work to open the bypass is expected to commence overnight from yesterday (Sunday, April 27) and be completed by 6am today (Monday, April 28).

A11 traffic will then use the new bypass as the regular route.

HGVs that normally use the C633 towards Bury St Edmunds will be directed to leave the A11 at the new B1106 junction and follow signs to continue their normal route.

Advanced warning signs will be placed along local roads directing traffic.

Access to businesses and properties along the B1106 and within Elveden Village will remain open as usual, via the new junction.

Mr Hancock said: “This is fantastic news for Suffolk.

“The Highways Agency has made great progress in such a short time and I am excited that the bypass will be opening this quickly.

“Although there will only be one lane at 40 mph to start with, I’m sure it will make a real difference to the local residents as it marks the beginning of a major project for safer and less congested journeys in Suffolk.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (May 1) Echo.