Solution to traffic chaos on Fiveways Roundabout near Mildenhall on A11 is nearer after intervention by West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock
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An end to the traffic chaos at a congested roundabout in west Suffolk could be in sight, after an MP held a meeting with the roads minister to lobby for safety improvements.
The Fiveways Roundabout near Mildenhall, on the A11, has become a key cause of concern in the area ever since the A11 was dualled up to Thetford, increasing the number of cars at the junction.
A campaign for traffic lights at the junction was started last year, with congestion said to be made worse when a McDonalds restaurant was built.
Matt Hancock, the West Suffolk MP, said: 'My meeting last month with the roads minister John Hayes was productive and useful.
'I am pleased that he has asked for a study to be conducted by Highways England to look at the impact of placing traffic signals on the Fiveways roundabout as well as for suggestions from Highways England as how to relieve congestion in the short term.
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'The Fiveways roundabout has been beset with problems a very long time now – it is imperative that action is taken to improve the dire situation at Fiveways.'
He also raised the issue of a lack of any proper two way junction between the A14 and A11 and the A14 and A142.
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He added: 'It is good news that Highways England will look at how they can improve both the A14/A11 and A14/142 junctions.
'The lack of a proper junction there means that there is rat-running through Kentford and Red Lodge which is both unfair and dangerous to the residents of those villages.
I hope that a solution can be found.'
A letter from Mr Hayes, in response to Mr Hancock's meeting, said that a Highways England assessment of the potential for traffic lights at the Fiveways roundabout will take place by the end of March.
He also said that Highways England will look at any other short-term solutions.
The Fiveways Roundabout enables motorists access to the towns of Newmarket and Thetford via the A11 and Mildenhall via the A1101.
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