The A11 forms the main road from London to Norwich, and is the main road to the south for most of Norfolk and substantial parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

From London to Stump Cross, south of Cambridge, it was replaced decades ago by the M11, and the road that was once the A11 has been renumbered and downgraded into obscurity. But from Stump Cross onwards, the M11 veers off to the north-west, aiming for the enticing charms of the A14 and pointing towards the A1, so from that point onwards the A11 regains its status as a major cross-country route, and runs as a modern dual carriageway all the way to the outskirts of Norwich.

Most of the road from the motorway to Norfolk's finest city is quite surprisingly new, and it's remarkable how recently most of the journey passed through villages and along single-carriageway roads. The final section of dual carriageway, linking Norwich to the wider world with something more impressive than an ancient lane through the countryside, was completed in December 2014. There remain some roundabouts and sub-standard junctions to be dealt with.

What exists today is, however, a road Norfolk can be proud of: fast and direct, it passes through low-lying but handsome countryside, with Thetford Forest and Brettenham Heath keeping the landscape varied and green. It's not a road without problems, but it is refreshingly free of the chronic congestion and slow progress that are associated with other East Anglian roads like the A14 and parts of the A12.

We can be thankful to the modern incarnation of the A11 for two things. One is that it finally connects Norwich to the rest of the UK with a road befitting its size and importance, and that the city is no longer an afterthought on the national road network, even if its connections east and west on the A47 remain fairly patchy. The second is that it makes it much easier for the rest of us to find our way to Norfolk - and that really is a blessing.

You're not looking at the whole A11

This page is about the parts of the A11 that are designated a motorway or that have motorway characteristics. Other sections of this road will not be featured here and will not count towards the length of the road as shown below.

Start
Norwich
End
Stump Cross
Passes
Cambridge, Newmarket, Thetford
Connects to
Length
64 miles
Open Junctions Section
1972 Cringleford Bypass
Mar 1975 Newmarket Bypass
1985 Barton Mills Bypass
1985 Attleborough Bypass
Dec 1987 Wymondham → Cringleford
1990 Thetford Bypass
Sep 1991 Red Lodge Bypass
Dec 1992 Thetford → Bridgham Heath
Apr 1993 Newmarket → Red Lodge
Jan 1994 Four Wentways → Newmarket
1995 Stump Cross (M11) → Four Wentways
1996 Wymondham Bypass
2001 Bridgham Heath → Attleborough
Dec 2014 Barton Mills → Thetford

Exit list

Junction   Northbound               Southbound  

LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanes Signs
0 miles, 1+1 lanes 0 miles, 1 lanes

Eaton
Cringleford
LanesLanesLanes
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, lanes

LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, lanes

Cringleford
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Hospital Hospital
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Hethersett B1172
Services Thickthorn
Swaffham A47
Great Yarmouth A47
Ipswich (A140)
Lowestoft (A146)


A47

B1172
A47
(A140)
(A146)
Great Yarmouth A47
Ipswich (A140)
Lowestoft (A146)
Hethersett B1172
Services Thickthorn
Swaffham A47
LanesLanesLanesLanes SignsSigns LanesLanesLanesLanes SignsSigns
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Station Lane Ketteringham
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Dereham
Hethersett
Wymondham
B1135
B1135

B1172


Dereham
Wymondham
B1135
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Mulbarton Mulbarton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Wymondham
Besthorpe
Spooner Row
B1172
B1172


Wymondham
Morley
Besthorpe
Spooner Row
B1172
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Services Besthorpe Services Besthorpe
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

B1077 Diss
Attleborough
B1077
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Attleborough
Watton
Diss B1077
B1077 B1077 Attleborough
Watton
B1077
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, lanes

Westcarr
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Gravel Pits
Attleborough
Attleborough
Gravel Pits
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Shropham
Quidenham
Eccles
Shropham
Quidenham
Eccles
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Industrial Areas
Snetterton Circuit
Industrial Areas
Snetterton Circuit
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Watton
Garboldisham
East Harling
B1111
B1111 B1111 Watton
Garboldisham
East Harling
B1111
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Rest Area Brettenham Heath
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

The Heath The Heath
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Watton
East Dereham
A1075
A1075 A1075 Thetford
A1075
Great Hockham
A1075
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Croxton Croxton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Downham Market
King's Lynn
A134
Diss
A1066
A134 A1066 Thetford
Diss A1066
King's Lynn
Downham Market
A134
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Services Abbey Heath Services Abbey Heath
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, lanes

River or canal Little Ouse River or canal Little Ouse
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Brandon B1107
Bury St Edmund's
Thetford
A134
B1107 A134 Bury St Edmund's
Thetford
A134
Brandon B1107
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Thetford Thetford
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

RAF Honington
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Brandon
Elveden
B1106
B1106 B1106 Brandon
Elveden
B1106
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Services Barton Mills
Mildenhall
A1101
Brandon A1065
Bury St Edmunds
A1101
A1065

A1101
A1101 Bury St Edmunds
A1101
Services Barton Mills
Mildenhall
A1101
Brandon A1065
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Barton Mills Tuddenham
Barton Mills
Worlington
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Signs Signs
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Worlington
Tuddenham
Tuddenham
Worlington
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Red Lodge
B1085


B1085
Red Lodge
Fordham
B1085
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, lanes

Fordham
Kentford
B1085
B1085 B1085

B1085


LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

Chippenham Moulton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes
A14 J38
Bury St Edmunds
Felixstowe
Harwich
A14 Link
A14

A1304



Newmarket
A1304
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, lanes

A11 follows A14 for 7 miles
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, lanes
A14 J36
89.7 km

A14
The MIDLANDS
Cambridge
A14 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, lanes

85.3 km
Newmarket
A1304
A1304
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

83.6 km
The Wilbrahams The Wilbrahams
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

81.3 km
Balsham
Fulbourn
Teversham
Balsham
Fulbourn
Teversham
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

79 km
Worsted Lodge
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

77.2 km
Cambridge
Haverhill
A1307
Services Babraham
A1307 A1307 Cambridge
Haverhill
A1307
Services Babraham
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 3 lanes 0 miles, 3 lanes

76.1 km
A505 Royston
A505
(M11 North Link)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, lanes

74.2 km
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes

70.9 km
Cambridge
A1301
Saffron Walden
B184
A1301




B184
(B1383)




Cambridge
A1301
Saffron Walden
B184
Newport
(B1383)
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
0 miles, 2 lanes 0 miles, 2 lanes
M11 J9
68.5 km
N/A M11 M11 London
Stansted Airport
M11 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0 miles, lanes 0 miles, lanes
Routes

Picture credits

  • Photograph of the A11 between Five Ways and Elveden is taken from an original published by the Department for Transport and used under the Open Government Licence v3.

With thanks to Jason Clift-Jones for information on this page.