Key milestone as Bungay Road traffic now using A140 Hempnall roundabout for first time
09 September 2019
Today, drivers and cyclists on the Bungay Road are using the brand new Hempnall roundabout to access the A140 for the very first time. This means that three of the four approaches to the Hempnall roundabout are now in use.
A successful weekend saw work completed on schedule and the A140 reopened on time. For the first time since work began in May the C497 Bungay Road is now open and people can access the A140 again using that route.
Cllr Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure & Transport, said: “I’m very pleased that thanks to the fantastic work of the team we have reached this significant milestone in this important project.
"I'm grateful for everyone's continued patience while we complete this scheme. This vital roundabout is set to improve road safety, reduce journey times and ease traffic congestion on this increasingly busy route.”
The existing junction, known locally as the Hempnall crossroads, has a poor injury accident record, with eleven personal injury accidents in the last five years (latest available figures run up to the end of June 2019). These accidents resulted in 15 casualties, with one categorised as serious.
Cllr Alison Thomas, County Councillor for the Long Stratton division, which includes the Hempnall crossroads, said: “I’m very impressed with how swiftly this roundabout is taking shape and am now looking forward to the next key step in November when the Hempnall Road link to the roundabout will be complete. The long detours people used to make to avoid the dangerous old crossroads will be a thing of the past.”
The project is on schedule to be complete in November with work to complete the link between the B1527 Hempnall Road and the new roundabout amongst work still to be completed.
Up-to-date information is available on the County Council website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/hempnallcrossroads
In October 2017 the Department for Transport awarded Norfolk County Council £3.05m towards the £4.57m cost of the scheme. This includes a £650,770 investment from the LEP via the Government’s Growth Deal programme. The remainder of the funding will come from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Norfolk County Council.
Two thirds of the injury accidents involved vehicles emerging from the side roads onto the A140, with the remainder being tail end collisions in traffic and single vehicle loss of control incidents. The roundabout will improve this section of the A140 that has seen a number of collisions over the years and sadly some recent fatalities.
An informal public consultation on the plan, that ran in March and April 2018, showed overwhelming support for the scheme.