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The A1101 is the lowest road in Great Britain, along its 53 miles (85 km) approx. stretch it rarely rises above sea level.[1] The road runs from Bury St. Edmunds north west to Littleport where it disappears for approximately 2 miles (3.2 km), it then re-appears on the other side of the A10 heading north through Wisbech and to its end at the A17 in Long Sutton. The A1101's route takes it across the Fens in Lincolnshire and Norfolk, a famously low lying area to Suffolk through Cambridgeshire. It is the main road for access between Lincolnshire and the Fenlands.[2]

The road passes through: Long Sutton, Tydd St Mary, Tydd Gote, Four Gotes, Wisbech, Outwell, Upwell, Lakesend, Welney, Littleport (bypass), Kennyhill, Beck Row, Mildenhall, Icklingham, Lackford, Flempton, Hengrave, Fornham All Saints and Bury St Edmunds. From Outwell north the road is classified as a primary route. At Welney, the road often floods causing it to be closed for 70 days in 2007. The Environment Agency said that "The A1101 road is on a causeway across the flood area and was expected to be under water at times."[3]

It crosses the following major roads (from N to S):

Road safety

The A1101 has a poor road safety record as reported by EuroRAP. In 2006 the road featured in the AA Motoring Trust/EuroRAP list of Most Dangerous Roads in Britain (excluding motorcycle accidents). The 21 km stretch of single-carriageway road between Outwell (A1122) - Long Sutton (A17) suffered 24 fatal and serious injury accidents between 2002 and 2004. This stretch of the road is currently rated as medium-high risk.[4]




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