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The A140 is an 'A-class' road in Norfolk and Suffolk, East Angliamarker, Englandmarker partly following the route of the roman Pye Road. It runs from the A14 near Needham Marketmarker to the A149 south of Cromermarker. 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.

Route

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 Stonhammarker, Mendleshammarker and Mendlesham Greenmarker. It passes through Brockford Streetmarker (where it crosses the River Dovemarker), Thwaitemarker, Stoke Ashmarker, Thornham Parvamarker, Yaxleymarker and Brome where it meets its junction with the B1077. One mile later it reaches a roundabout with the A143 - where it enters Norfolk and becomes dual carriageway - and a second in Scolemarker links it with the A1066. This section of road bypasses Dissmarker.

Diss to Norwich

The road passes through Thelveston after which it meets a roundabout in Dickleburghmarker marking the end of the dual carriageway. It continues north to a junction with the B1134, a few miles later it enters Long Strattonmarker, Stratton Saint Michael, Upper Tasburgh, Saxlingham Thorpe and Swanslinthorpe. Shortly after it crosses the A47 and River Yaremarker. 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, B1108marker, A1074, A1067 and other unnumbered roads.

Norwich to Cromer

North of Norwich it passes Norwich Airportmarker 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 Faithmarker and then Newton St Faithmarker. The road passes through mixed woodland close to the villages of Hainfordmarker, Stratton Strawlessmarker, Hevinghammarker and Marsham. Before reaching the roundabout on the southern outskirts of Aylshammarker where it turns east to join the Aylsham by-pass and then pass the B1354 before crossing the River Buremarker and the junction of the B1145 close to Banninghammarker. From here it heads in a northerly direction close to the villages of Erpinghammarker and Alby with Thwaitemarker, passing through Roughtonmarker 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 Scolemarker. 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. [381981]

A blanket 50 mph speed limit was subsequently introduced on the Suffolk section which was reduced to 30 mph through the villages of Earl Stonhammarker and Brockford with 40 mph 'buffers' either side and to 40 mph through Bromemarker. 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 Strattonmarker. 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. 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.

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