A140 Eye Airfield junction improvements and link road

Improvements proposed to improve journey time reliability and road safety near to Eye Airfield junction on the A140.

The scheme which is proposed to be opened during 2020 will improve journey time reliability and road safety in the area and improve access to the Eye Airfield Development Area. 

The improvements include:

  • two new roundabout junctions on the A140 at Castleton Way and south of Rectory Road
  • a link road through to B1077
  • restricted movements at the A140/B1077 junction: prohibit right turns in and out
  • closure of the A140/Rectory Road junction

Download a map showing details of the proposed improvements (PDF, 497KB)

The aims are to:

  • improve journey time reliability
  • improve road safety: there are accident clusters at A140/B1077 and A140/Rectory Road – reducing use and prohibiting movements will improve road safety here. Minimising number of priority accesses along the stretch will also reduce the risk of collisions
  • enable development on Eye Airfield

Illustrations of the proposed junction improvements 

Updates

The following preparation works are taking place between September 2019 and March 2020:

  • Erection of acoustic fencing around Four Oaks
  • Diversions of electric and BT apparatus
  • Archaeology investigation
  • Site clearance including removal of hedges and trees before bird nesting season

Main improvements works will take place between March 2020 and September 2020:

  • Construction of roundabout and link road from the B1077
  • Construction of roundabout at Yaxley crossroads
  • Removal of right turns from existing B1077 /A140 junction
  • Closure of A140/Rectory Road junction

Main construction works will now start Spring 2020 to avoid carrying out earthworks during the poor weather and limited day light hours period. The improvement works will be completed by Autumn 2020.

The following works are currently being progressed:

  • We are liaising with the planning authority following submission of the detailed planning application including the Environmental Impact Assessment. It is anticipated it will go to committee in late April 2019.
  • We are preparing contract documents to support the design and will then commence the tender process to select a construction partner.

The Detailed Design has progressed well and the commencement of the tender process to select a contractor will follow as soon as a positive planning determination is received. We are now anticipating the construction phase will start towards the end of the summer 2019 and be completed by the end of spring of 2020.

The following works are currently being progressed:

  • Preliminary Design and Environmental Impact Assessment for the submission of the Planning Application 
  • Negotiations with landowners to secure the land required to build the scheme
  • Detailed Design of two new roundabouts, a new link road, and changes to existing junctions on the A140
  • Preparation of contract documents to support the design and a tender process to select a construction partner

A Planning Application has been submitted in December 2018. A period of up to 16 weeks is allowed for the planning application to be consulted and the decision making process to take place. Therefore, a decision in March 2019 is anticipated. 

Surveys and data collection has been ongoing since April 2018 in order to provide the detailed information required for the planning submission.

Discussions have commenced with the local landowners, who are supportive of the principal of improving access to the Eye Airfield site.  The design proposals have been developed after collecting the views of numerous stakeholders and are subject to Planning approval being granted.

The Detailed Design has commenced whilst the planning process is ongoing. The construction phase will commence as soon as possible after planning permission is granted. If this is successful in March 2019, the construction phase could start in summer 2019 and be completed by the spring of 2020.

Funding

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 in 2018 by as successful bid for £1.45 million to the New Anglia LEP. 

Through local match funding, Suffolk County Council will provide the balance for the scheme.