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

Exit list

Junction   Northbound               Southbound  
NORTH
A11
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanes Signs
0.4 miles, 1+1 lanes 1 lanes
Eaton
Cringleford
LanesLanesLanes
   
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.3 miles, 2 lanes  
Cringleford
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.3 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Hospital Hospital
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
0.3 miles, 2 lanes 0.3 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
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
Station Lane Ketteringham
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.6 miles, 2 lanes 2.6 miles, 2 lanes
Dereham
Hethersett
Wymondham
B1135
B1135

B1172


Dereham
Wymondham
B1135
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.9 miles, 2 lanes 0.9 miles, 2 lanes
Mulbarton Mulbarton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3.5 miles, 2 lanes 3.5 miles, 2 lanes
Wymondham
Besthorpe
Spooner Row
B1172
B1172


Wymondham
Morley
Besthorpe
Spooner Row
B1172
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Services Besthorpe Services Besthorpe
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.9 miles, 2 lanes 0.6 miles, 2 lanes
B1077 Diss
Attleborough
B1077
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  1.3 miles, 2 lanes
Attleborough
Watton
Diss B1077
B1077 B1077 Attleborough
Watton
B1077
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.1 miles, 2 lanes  
Westcarr
LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.1 miles, 2 lanes 2.2 miles, 2 lanes
Gravel Pits
Attleborough
Attleborough
Gravel Pits
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.1 miles, 2 lanes 1.1 miles, 2 lanes
Shropham
Quidenham
Eccles
Shropham
Quidenham
Eccles
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Industrial Areas
Snetterton Circuit
Industrial Areas
Snetterton Circuit
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
Watton
Garboldisham
East Harling
B1111
B1111 B1111 Watton
Garboldisham
East Harling
B1111
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3.3 miles, 2 lanes 2.8 miles, 2 lanes
Rest Area Brettenham Heath
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  0.5 miles, 2 lanes
The Heath The Heath
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.4 miles, 2 lanes 2.4 miles, 2 lanes
Watton
East Dereham
A1075
A1075 A1075 Thetford
A1075
Great Hockham
A1075
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.2 miles, 2 lanes 1.2 miles, 2 lanes
Croxton Croxton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.7 miles, 2 lanes 0.7 miles, 2 lanes
Downham Market
King'
s Lynn
A134
Diss
A1066
A134 A1066 Thetford
Diss A1066
King'
s Lynn
Downham Market
A134
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.8 miles, 2 lanes 0.8 miles, 2 lanes
Services Abbey Heath Services Abbey Heath
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.6 miles, 2 lanes  
River or canal Little Ouse River or canal Little Ouse
  0.6 miles, 2 lanes
Brandon B1107
Bury St Edmund'
s
Thetford
A134
B1107 A134 Bury St Edmund'
s
Thetford
A134
Brandon B1107
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.8 miles, 2 lanes 0.8 miles, 2 lanes
Thetford Thetford
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.6 miles, 2 lanes 0.7 miles, 2 lanes
RAF Honington
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  1.9 miles, 2 lanes
Brandon
Elveden
B1106
B1106 B1106 Brandon
Elveden
B1106
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
6.6 miles, 2 lanes 6.6 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
0.3 miles, 2 lanes 0.3 miles, 2 lanes
Barton Mills Tuddenham
Barton Mills
Worlington
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.3 miles, 2 lanes 0.3 miles, 2 lanes
Signs Signs
0.7 miles, 2 lanes 0.7 miles, 2 lanes
Worlington
Tuddenham
Tuddenham
Worlington
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.3 miles, 2 lanes 1.3 miles, 2 lanes
Red Lodge
B1085


B1085
Red Lodge
Fordham
B1085
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.1 miles, 2 lanes  
Fordham
Kentford
B1085
B1085 B1085

B1085


LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.6 miles, 2 lanes 2.7 miles, 2 lanes
Chippenham Moulton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.8 miles, 2 lanes 0.8 miles, 2 lanes
A14 J38 Bury St Edmunds
Felixstowe
Harwich
A14 Link

A14
A14

A1304



Newmarket
A1304
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
   
A11 follows A14 for 7 miles
 
A14 J36
89.7 km

A14
A14
The MIDLANDS
Cambridge
A14 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2.9 miles, 2 lanes  
85.3 km Newmarket
A1304
A1304
LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 3.9 miles, 2 lanes
83.6 km The Wilbrahams The Wilbrahams
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.4 miles, 2 lanes 1.4 miles, 2 lanes
81.3 km Balsham
Fulbourn
Teversham
Balsham
Fulbourn
Teversham
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.4 miles, 2 lanes
79 km Worsted Lodge
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  1.1 miles, 2 lanes
77.2 km Cambridge
Haverhill
A1307
Services Babraham
A1307 A1307 Cambridge
Haverhill
A1307
Services Babraham
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
0.6 miles, 3 lanes 0.6 miles, 3 lanes
76.1 km A505 Royston
A505
(M11 North Link)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
3.2 miles, 2 lanes  
74.2 km
  3.2 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
1.2 miles, 2 lanes 1.2 miles, 2 lanes
M11 J9
68.5 km
N/A M11
SOUTH
M11 London
Stansted Airport
M11 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
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.