A1101 road

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Route information
Length53 mi (85 km)
Road network

The A1101 is the lowest road in Great Britain[citation needed]; along its 53 miles (85 km) approx. stretch it rarely rises above sea level. The road runs from Bury St. Edmunds north west to Littleport where it disappears for approximately 2 miles (3.2 km), it then re-appears on the other side of the A10 heading north through Wisbech and to its end at the A17 in Long Sutton. The A1101's route takes it across the Fens in Lincolnshire and Norfolk, a low-lying area to Suffolk through Cambridgeshire. It is the main road for access between Lincolnshire and the Fenlands.[1] The stretch between Wisbech and Long Sutton was previously designated the A150.[2]

The road passes through: Long Sutton, Tydd St Mary, Tydd Gote, Four Gotes, Wisbech, Outwell, Upwell, Lakesend, Welney, Littleport (bypass), Kennyhill, Beck Row, Mildenhall, Icklingham, Lackford, Flempton, Hengrave, Fornham All Saints and Bury St Edmunds. From Outwell north, where the western terminus of the A1122 is at, the road is classified as a primary route. At Welney, the road often floods, causing it to be closed for 70 days in 2007. The Environment Agency said that "The A1101 road is on a causeway across the flood area and was expected to be under water at times."[3]

It crosses the following major roads (from N to S):

Road safety[edit]

The A1101 has a poor road safety record as reported by EuroRAP. In 2006, the road was featured in the AA Motoring Trust/EuroRAP list of Most Dangerous Roads in Britain (excluding motorcycle accidents). The 21 km stretch of single-carriageway road between Outwell (A1122) - Long Sutton (A17) suffered 24 fatal and serious injury accidents between 2002 and 2004. This stretch of the road is currently rated as being of medium-high risk.[4]


  1. ^ "Transport Issues in Fenland". Fenland District Council. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  2. ^ "List of Class I and Class II Roads and Numbers (transcription)". HMSO. 1 April 1923. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Parliament debates Fens flooding". BBC News. 21 February 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  4. ^ "GB A1101 (Risk Rate)". European Road Assessment Programme. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2009.

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Coordinates: 52°28′51″N 0°15′38″E / 52.48085°N 0.26058°E / 52.48085; 0.26058