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Picture gallery: Residents take historic opportunity to experience A11 Elveden bypass for the first time

PUBLISHED: 19:22 05 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:10 06 April 2014

Easter bonnets order of the day for local youngsters and families who were given their chance to walk and run along the nearly complete Elveden bypass.

Easter bonnets order of the day for local youngsters and families who were given their chance to walk and run along the nearly complete Elveden bypass.

Even Elvis could not resist the opportunity to join in an historic event on Saturday as nearby residents flocked to be the first- and last- members of the public to experience the A11 bypass on foot.

More than 30 eager locals- some from Elveden, but others from further afield including Thetford, Brandon and Cambridgeshire- joined in a 5km fun run and Easter bonnet parade along a section of the carriageway from the B1106 bridge in the Norwich direction.

The Highways Agency had sent out invitations to 300 residents including schools, Elveden residents and Center Parcs staff encouraging them to get involved with the bonnet parade and fun run to celebrate the forthcoming opening of a section of the bypass to traffic on April 24.

A carriageway of the 3.6 mile bypass, which has been built to alleviate traffic congestion on the A11 between Barton Mills and Thetford, will be opening with one lane taking northbound traffic towards Norwich and the other lane the southbound traffic heading towards Cambridge.

The rest of the bypass is set to open by the end of September.

And many spoke of their delight they would be finally getting their village back after decades of noise, congestion and accidents from the vehicles rumbling through.

For Elveden residents Sue Scott and her partner Chris Hobart, the bypass would bring relief from the wailing sirens of the emergency services following another accident.

She said: “The village is quite spread out and people have to cross the road a lot. It is going to make an amazing difference. It is going to be safe to walk to the pub and Post Office.

“Fridays will be a lot better. I don’t go out on Fridays if I can help it because the road is just jammed with traffic.”

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