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Government sets aside £400,000 for traffic lights at Barton Mills’ A11 roundabout

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Fiveways roundabout, Barton Mills, will get �400,000 for traffic lights
Fiveways roundabout, Barton Mills, will get �400,000 for traffic lights

Traffic lights at Barton Mills roundabout on the A11 are part of a £110 million congestion beating budget announced today across the UK. A further £110 million has been promised for ‘a later date’.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling identified schemes, worth about £110 million, to be completed by spring 2020.

Among the £16 million earmarked for the east is £400,000 for signalling at the Barton Mills Fiveways Roundabout to ease peak hours congestion.

The bulk of the east’s cash will go on a £14 million scheme to improve the M11’s Junction 7a at Harlow and another £2.4 million will go on what are described as ‘small schemes’.

Mr Grayling said: “We are making the most extensive improvements to roads in the last 40 years, investing a record £23 billion to keep our country moving and make journeys faster, better and more reliable for everyone.

“We are also spending a further £1.3 billion over the course of this parliament to relieve congestion and provide important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future.

“These schemes announced today will provide quick relief to millions of drivers and save them from getting stuck in traffic.”

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock said: “Since the A11 dualling was completed in 2015, I have campaigned tirelessly for safety improvements to Fiveways so I warmly welcome the announcement. This highlights the Government’s commitment to improving our region’s road network and improving journeys for many people in West Suffolk.

“These improvements will undoubtedly bring higher levels of safety as well as reducing congestion on the roundabout and on the approaches to the roundabout. We must now get the lights installed quickly, so that the problems of Fiveways can be put behind us.“