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UK road A140.PNG
A140 road
Length (miles) 56
Length (km) 90
Direction South-North
Start Needham Market
Primary
destinations1
Diss
Norwich
End Cromer
Roads joined UK road A11.svg A11 road
UK road A14.svg A14 road
UK road A47.PNG A47 road
UK road A143.PNG A143 road
UK road A146.PNG A146 road
UK road A149.PNG A149 road
UK road A1042.PNG A1042 road
UK road A1074.PNG A1074 road
UK road A1066.PNG A1066 road
UK road A1067.PNG A1067 road
UK road A1120.PNG A1120 road
Notes
  1. Primary destinations as specified by the Department for Transport.


The A140 is an 'A-class' road in Norfolk and Suffolk, East Anglia, England partly following the route of the roman Pye Road. It runs from the A14 near Needham Market to the A149 south of Cromer. It is of primary status for the entirety of its route. It is approximately 56 miles (90 km) in length. There are 33 road junctions, and many driveway accesses to private dwellinghouses, and the route is crossed by 37 footpaths and bridleways and 3 designated cycle routes.

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Route

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Ipswich to Diss

The road starts as dual carriageway from junction 51 with the A14; it then travels north to its junction with the A1120. It then continues to the Suffolk countryside providing access to the villages of Little Stonham, Mendlesham and Mendlesham Green. It passes through Brockford Street (where it crosses the River Dove), Thwaite, Stoke Ash, Thornham Parva, Yaxley and Brome where it meets its junction with the B1077. 1 mile (1.6 km) later it reaches a roundabout with the A143 - where it enters Norfolk and becomes dual carriageway - and a second in Scole links it with the A1066. This section of road bypasses Diss.

Diss to Norwich

The road passes through Thelveston after which it meets a roundabout in Dickleburgh marking the end of the dual carriageway. It continues north to a junction with the B1134, a few miles later it enters Long Stratton, Stratton Saint Michael, Upper Tasburgh, Saxlingham Thorpe and Swanslinthorpe. Shortly after it crosses the A47 and River Yare. South of Norwich it turns left making up the west portion of the outer ring road. In the ring road it has junctions with the A11, B1108, A1074, A1067 and other unnumbered roads.

Norwich to Cromer

North of Norwich it passes Norwich Airport and the Norwich airport park and ride before reaching the roundabout with the B1149 which is adjacent to Manor Park, home of Norfolk County Cricket Club. It heads north close to Horsham St Faith and then Newton St Faith. The road passes through mixed woodland close to the villages of Hainford, Stratton Strawless, Hevingham and Marsham. Before reaching the roundabout on the southern outskirts of Aylsham where it turns east to join the Aylsham by-pass and then pass the B1354 before crossing the River Bure and the junction of the B1145 close to Banningham. From here it heads in a northerly direction close to the villages of Erpingham and Alby with Thwaite, passing through Roughton where it meets the B1436 and then merge with the A149 road

History

In 1986 the government's Roads for Prosperity White Paper proposed the dualling of the entire Suffolk stretch of the A140 from its junction with the A14 (then the A45) and Scole. This proposal was never pursued.

Between 1980 to 2002 there were 815 accidents 54 of them causing 1 or more fatality with a total 71 deaths and 1419 incidents. [1]

A blanket 50 mph speed limit was subsequently introduced on the Suffolk section which was reduced to 30 mph through the villages of Earl Stonham and Brockford with 40 mph 'buffers' either side and to 40 mph through Brome. Whilst this did bring about a significant reduction in accidents, drivers criticised the changes, on the basis that they had to spend so much time watching their speedometers that they were distracted from driving. As a result, Suffolk County Council removed the 40 mph buffers in early 2007, extending the 30 mph zones slightly at the same time.

Proposed developments

Long Stratton bypass

A long standing development proposal for the A140 is a bypass for the village of Long Stratton. In 2002 Norfolk County Council held a public consultation which resulted in a preferred route being selected in 2003, which bypassed to the east of the village. A planning application for the scheme was submitted in 2004 and the application was approved in February 2005.[1] However, changes in the way road schemes are funded ment that no central government funding was approved. Since then Norfolk County Council has been unable to secure further funding for the scheme.[2]

Norwich Northern Distributor Road

The Norwich Northern Distributor Road is proposed to start at the A140 north of Norwich near to Norwich International Airport and head east linking to the A47 road to the east of the city. It was given 'Program Entry' status by the government in December 2009.

External links

References

  1. ^ "A New Bypass for Long Stratton". Norfolk County Council. http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/consumption/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&ssDocName=NCC040288&ssSourceNodeId=&ssTargetNodeId=3485. Retrieved 2009-07-02.  
  2. ^ "A140 Long Stratton Bypass Scrutiny Committee". South Norfolk Council. http://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/CARMS/meetings/scr2007-09-26ag07.pdf. Retrieved 2009-07-02.  

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