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Plans progress for two new roundabouts near Eye

Eye Airfield. Picture Mecha Morton
Eye Airfield. Picture Mecha Morton

Plans are moving ahead for two new roundabouts near Eye, with a decision likely in March.

Suffolk County Council wants to build the roundabouts and a link road at Eye Airfield at a cost of £5.4 million.

The changes are aimed at improving traffic flow and road safety at the A140 junctions with the B1077 and Rectory Road and Thrandeston and Yaxley roads.

A preliminary design and planning application was submitted to Suffolk County Council in November. A 16-week period has been set aside to allow for various consultations, with a decision expected in March.

The Eye scheme is less than 15 miles from a £4.4m project from Norfolk County Council to build a roundabout at the A140/B1527 junction at Hempnall, which has been designed to improve congestion and safety at the crossroads, which has seen more than 12 accidents in the past five years.

The Eye link road is also designed to unlock the area for housing and economic development.

In 2017, Suffolk County Council successfully bid for a £3.75 million National Productivity Investment Fund grant from the Department for Transport. This was followed by a successful bid for £1.45 million to the New Anglia LEP, with Suffolk County Council providing the balance.

The council hopes the roundabouts and link road will be complete by 2020.

A planning decision on the Norfolk scheme is also expected early next year and is linked to the delivery of 1,800 homes and 9.5 acres of employment space in Long Stratton.

Earlier this year, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) approved almost £1.5m from its Local Growth Fund towards the improvements at Eye and a further £650,000 towards work at Hempnall.

Doug Field, chairman of New Anglia LEP, said: “The A140 corridor has huge potential for generating economic growth through new enterprise, jobs and homes. Journey along the A140 and you can see that expansion happening right now.

“But this growth can only be achieved through investment in better infrastructure. These projects will improve safety and ease congestion along the road, while also delivering tangible economic benefits to both Norfolk and Suffolk.”

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