Midhenhall roundabout traffic lights

Midhenhall roundabout traffic lights

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Yuxi

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436 posts

126 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

1,014 posts

88 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

4,545 posts

183 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

10,460 posts

159 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

2,259 posts

57 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.
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Matthen

1,014 posts

88 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.