The early stages of the long-awaited A11 dualling work - not really visible at road level - are captured in these new aerial photographs.

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Work to construct the dual carriageway along the nine-mile traffic-laden single stretch of road between the Fiveways roundabout in Suffolk and Thetford is due to begin in January, finally completing the dualling of road between Norfolk and London

The pictures, by Mike Page, a pilot who donates money from his photographs to charity, show the A11 at Elveden, surrounded by Thetford Forest.

And another highlights the preparatory archaeological work near Thetford, which, as reported in the EDP, have uncovered artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age.

These include pottery, flint tools, coins and animal bones dating back to 4,000BC have been discovered, while evidence has also been found of settlements dating back to 1,500BC including a Roman farmstead.

Mr Page, from Strumpshaw, said: “It’s the first time I’ve seen the start of this one, though I’ve seen other roads being built. I like to get them at the beginning and then at various points throughout.”

The Highways Agency has said the new bypass and widening of the A11 will be completed by December 2014.

That will bring the significant benefits for the regional economy, road users and local people, that have been the subject of a 40-year campaign involving improving road safety and removing traffic bottlenecks.

People have a chance to learn more about the project at three public meetings later this month.

Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions on Thursday between 3pm and 8pm, Friday between 10am and 8pm, and Saturday between 10am and 3pm at Elveden Village Hall.

To find out more about the scheme and the exhibitions visit www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a11-fiveways-to-thetford-improvement or contact the project team by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or by emailing ha_info@highways.gsi.gov.uk.

10 comments

  • There is another side to this story - Watch the crime rate go up when the road has been completed - the crooks will whizz up to Norfolk do their stuff and whizz straight back with their loot !

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    Stop Press

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • There is another side to this story - Watch the crime rate go up when the road has been completed - the crooks will whizz up to Norfolk do their stuff and whizz straight back with their loot !

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    Stop Press

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Thank you for bringing us these pictures. It's good to see marks on the ground at last as the route is exposed. And thanks to Mike Page for giving his fees to charity - let's hope the EDP commissions him to take more photos over the course of the work.

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    JCW

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • I'm sure that this will alleviate traffic on the A143 and other smaller roads too At the moment I use the Diss route and often here about long delays on the A11 on the radio. Will the new duel-carriageway attract more traffic then? Has this been accounted for?

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    LLCK

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Although Caroline, "nearly home" probably meant another couple of hours as you sat in another traffic jam caused by an accident on that stretch to Thetford

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    Yellow Blood

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Responsible parent, if you look just to the left of the picture you will see a gallery you can click on to view more photos.

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    Colin news

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • I regularly use that stretch of road and it is good to see that the much needed dualling is going ahead after many years of uncertainty. However I also feel sad to see the road changing for ever, I always knew we were nearly home once we crossed the fiveways roundabout.

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    caroline jacobs

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Sadly I only can see only one photograph, it would be nice to see others. Also the location would be useful as well.

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    Responsible parent

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • I agree with the crime increasing. People who live in small north yorkshire villages often suffer at the hands of geordies who use the A1 as a fast getaway...

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    smalltownboy

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Aah ha. thanks Colin news, got them now.

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    Responsible parent

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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