Midhenhall roundabout traffic lights

Midhenhall roundabout traffic lights

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Yuxi

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449 posts

133 months

Thursday 13th December 2018
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What a crock of st, north bound on the A11 Friday evening, 3 mile queue for the roundabout every Friday since they have been switched on, journey is no quicker than before the dual carriageway was opened

Matthen

1,067 posts

95 months

Friday 14th December 2018
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Yuxi said:
What a crock of st, north bound on the A11 Friday evening, 3 mile queue for the roundabout every Friday since they have been switched on, journey is no quicker than before the dual carriageway was opened
Yup, fortunately I'm usually going the other way.

Traffic lights on roundabouts piss me right off, but this implementation seems exceptionally bad - traffic being held on the roundabout blocks the A11 east bound traffic. I can't see any easy solution (except turn them off). Really the entire thing needs yellow boxing, but then we'll be back to what it was before.

Bowing to the locals was stupid, and its caused utter chaos. Fixing it would mean a proper flyover for the through route. Sadly, that'd cost money.

Grandad Gaz

4,616 posts

190 months

Friday 14th December 2018
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It certainly is a bizarre layout!

I suppose the idea being to make it easier to get on the roundabout from Mildehall and the A1065 southbound. However, it's turned into a bit of a nightmare. There are no lights to join it from the A1065 side, only half way over, which only blocks up the whole lot!

They need lights there which are synchronised with the ones in the middle.

eccles

10,804 posts

166 months

Saturday 15th December 2018
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I used to live in Brandon and used to travel to Cambridge every day for work, and that roundabout has been a bottleneck for years. The same chaos happened when they put the lights in at Elveden.
A mate in work lives in Beck Row and we were chatting about it, and both of us predicted huge queues there. It needs flyovers or tunnels, lights will never be the answer.

Raygun

2,687 posts

64 months

Sunday 16th December 2018
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eccles said:
I used to live in Brandon and used to travel to Cambridge every day for work, and that roundabout has been a bottleneck for years. The same chaos happened when they put the lights in at Elveden.
A mate in work lives in Beck Row and we were chatting about it, and both of us predicted huge queues there. It needs flyovers or tunnels, lights will never be the answer.
It needs a lot round there, and previous, travel entering the roundabout from Mildenhall could end up queuing for a long time especially if a doodler was in front of them so it's helped the people from Mildenhall, as for the the A11 traffic North and Southband they have small memories(or are too young to remember) how bad that roundabout was prior to the dualling to Thetford. The first place that needs sorting is the complete fk up from traffic crossing the road from Tuddenham, this is is very dangerous and have been numerous fatalities over the years, next the junction at the bottom of Chalk Hill which is a accident blackspot with traffic risking their lives to get across or join this fast stretch of road also coming off this junction from the A11 you run the risk of being shunted up the arse as you have to take it so slow because it's too sharp for a fast stretch of road which is crazy as the old part of road is still there which would of made a good slip road rather than the death trap they have in place.

Matthen

1,067 posts

95 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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Raygun said:
eccles said:
I used to live in Brandon and used to travel to Cambridge every day for work, and that roundabout has been a bottleneck for years. The same chaos happened when they put the lights in at Elveden.
A mate in work lives in Beck Row and we were chatting about it, and both of us predicted huge queues there. It needs flyovers or tunnels, lights will never be the answer.
It needs a lot round there, and previous, travel entering the roundabout from Mildenhall could end up queuing for a long time especially if a doodler was in front of them so it's helped the people from Mildenhall, as for the the A11 traffic North and Southband they have small memories(or are too young to remember) how bad that roundabout was prior to the dualling to Thetford. The first place that needs sorting is the complete fk up from traffic crossing the road from Tuddenham, this is is very dangerous and have been numerous fatalities over the years, next the junction at the bottom of Chalk Hill which is a accident blackspot with traffic risking their lives to get across or join this fast stretch of road also coming off this junction from the A11 you run the risk of being shunted up the arse as you have to take it so slow because it's too sharp for a fast stretch of road which is crazy as the old part of road is still there which would of made a good slip road rather than the death trap they have in place.
I agree something needs to happen to those junctions you mention. Shut them all. And at the same time, build a flyover.

As the system is at present, the local traffic should just sit and wait for a gap - The A11 is the main artery into east Anglia, and it should be treated as such. The priority has to be the through traffic, speeding freight and people to and from the east. Its all very well saying "it's helped the people from Mildenhall" if it's adding 30 minutes to the Cambridge->Norwich run. Which it is, at certain times of the week.





Grandad Gaz

4,616 posts

190 months

Tuesday 14th May
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The closer we get to summer, the worse this gets. Unbelievably bad northbound on a Friday afternoon!

Wayoftheflower

526 posts

179 months

Thursday 16th May
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Grandad Gaz said:
The closer we get to summer, the worse this gets. Unbelievably bad northbound on a Friday afternoon!
Google has started to divert me down Newmarket road in the afternoon, cuts past most of the jam. Inevitably get caught at Thetford A11-A134 though, beats me why A road traffic is prioritised over MWay confused.

Big Robbo

170 posts

90 months

Friday 24th May
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What do you expect in Suffolk?

Raygun

2,687 posts

64 months

Sunday 26th May
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Grandad Gaz said:
The closer we get to summer, the worse this gets. Unbelievably bad northbound on a Friday afternoon!
This Friday just gone the traffic had backed up to the Red Lodge/Worlington exit, I was only going to Barton Mills village so come off at that exit to go through Worlington, it took half hour to get from Worlington to Barton Mills(distance about 1 mile), wish I'd stayed on the A11.
Mildenhall and the surrounding villages seems to have cornered the market in traffic lights.

eccles

10,804 posts

166 months

Sunday 26th May
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Raygun said:
Grandad Gaz said:
The closer we get to summer, the worse this gets. Unbelievably bad northbound on a Friday afternoon!
This Friday just gone the traffic had backed up to the Red Lodge/Worlington exit, I was only going to Barton Mills village so come off at that exit to go through Worlington, it took half hour to get from Worlington to Barton Mills(distance about 1 mile), wish I'd stayed on the A11.
Mildenhall and the surrounding villages seems to have cornered the market in traffic lights.
So really the lights haven't made any difference then? It was backing up/ gridlocked like that when I used to live in Brandon and used to commute to Cambridge.
Any normal Friday was bad, add on a bank holiday or special occasion and it would be worse.

Piginapoke

844 posts

129 months

Sunday 26th May
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eccles said:
Raygun said:
Grandad Gaz said:
The closer we get to summer, the worse this gets. Unbelievably bad northbound on a Friday afternoon!
This Friday just gone the traffic had backed up to the Red Lodge/Worlington exit, I was only going to Barton Mills village so come off at that exit to go through Worlington, it took half hour to get from Worlington to Barton Mills(distance about 1 mile), wish I'd stayed on the A11.
Mildenhall and the surrounding villages seems to have cornered the market in traffic lights.
So really the lights haven't made any difference then? It was backing up/ gridlocked like that when I used to live in Brandon and used to commute to Cambridge.
Any normal Friday was bad, add on a bank holiday or special occasion and it would be worse.
I crossed this from Mildenhall on my bike on Friday; I'd not seen the new layout, what a cluster-fk of a junction!

Raygun

2,687 posts

64 months

Sunday 26th May
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eccles said:
Raygun said:
Grandad Gaz said:
The closer we get to summer, the worse this gets. Unbelievably bad northbound on a Friday afternoon!
This Friday just gone the traffic had backed up to the Red Lodge/Worlington exit, I was only going to Barton Mills village so come off at that exit to go through Worlington, it took half hour to get from Worlington to Barton Mills(distance about 1 mile), wish I'd stayed on the A11.
Mildenhall and the surrounding villages seems to have cornered the market in traffic lights.
So really the lights haven't made any difference then? It was backing up/ gridlocked like that when I used to live in Brandon and used to commute to Cambridge.
Any normal Friday was bad, add on a bank holiday or special occasion and it would be worse.
They've made a difference if you live in Mildenhall, you've now have a chance of getting through the roundabout on a Friday afternoon, although it's slowed the traffic entering from North and South on the A11 and tbh some of the traffic coming from the South side use to enter that roundabout way too fast with the hazards of the Barton Mill entrance and the garage and although it's a pain with the tailback it does move where's before the dual carriageway to Thetford was built it could be gridlocked London style.
In Mildenhall they've had a set of traffic lights round the Bell hotel for ages now but Forest Heath Council seem useless on getting them to 'hurry up and get the things moved' due to a payment issue add in to the fact with the various sets of lights being used to put a cable in from Burwell Power Station to RAF Lakenheath it really has been a place to avoid if I could.

Matthen

1,067 posts

95 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I drove through yesterday lunchtime. 10 minute tailbacks in both directions, so I guess they've tweaked the lights to ease the Cambridge -> Norwich side.

Disappointing that there is nothing in the press about it.