Property developer Jaynic is proposing significant highway improvements at an accident blackspot on the A11 between Red Lodge and Fiveways roundabout that goes much further than those currently being suggested by National Highways.
ThIs forms part of Jaynic’s emerging proposals for a new 130-Acre Business Park off the A11 at Barton Mills.
Nic Rumsey Managing Director of Jaynic stated: “We are promoting this strategic employment site with the aim of persuading West Suffolk to allocate it in the forthcoming proposed local plan. As possibly the only site capable of fulfilling West Suffolk’s employment commitments to the A11 corridor, it will also facilitate much needed economic development in the area, bringing a significant number of jobs alongside the planned growth in housing.”
Jaynic is proposing to stop up junctions and central reservation gaps to prevent all turning movements onto, off and across the A11 in this location to improve safety and provide a new grade-separated junction south of Barton Mills. This would not interfere with the A11 traffic flow and would allow uninterrupted north/south flow of traffic between Barton Mills, Worlington and Tuddenham. Pedestrians and cyclists would also have an alternative safe route to cross the A11 and there would be no need for vehicles to carry out u-turns via the Fiveways Roundabout and Red Lodge junctions.
This comprehensive solution contrasts with the National Highways proposals which is only proposing to stop up the central reserve gaps to prevent right turn movements, but would still allow traffic to access and egress the A11 from the existing junctions. Pedestrians and cyclists would still have to cross the busy A11 using the existing footpath.
Jaynic’s proposals come ahead of a public consultation exhibition that National Highways is holding at the Jubilee Centre, Mildenhall, at 7pm next Tuesday 18th July 2023, on its safety improvement works.
Nic Rumsey, added: “Our proposals include the works proposed by National Highways, but they go much further in ensuring greater highway, pedestrian, and cyclist safety, whilst allowing full North/South vehicle movements across the A11 with no interference to the existing A11 traffic flow.”
“It must make sense for National Highways, West Suffolk Council, and Suffolk County Council to embrace this opportunity ahead of further local plan consultations and work with Jaynic to deliver the maximum benefits to the Community arising from this opportunity.”