Press release

Drivers will enjoy smoother drives on A1(M) near Peterborough once resurfacing completed this summer

Drivers on northbound A1(M) between Stilton and Peterborough will be able to enjoy smoother drives once Highways England completes work over the summer to renew the surface of the road.

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Work will start on Friday 3 July and take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week between Junctions 16 and 17 of the A1(M). It will include the complete resurfacing of the carriageway, renewal of the markings and improvements to drainage along this section of the A1(M). Traffic sensors will also be installed under the surface to help monitor traffic flows more accurately.

Highways England project manager Michael Freeman said:

Completing maintenance activities like drainage improvements and the installation of traffic sensors at the same time as the resurfacing means we won’t need to return for major repairs for a long time.

We have planned our work carefully to minimise disruptions to road users and worked closely with Peterborough City Council to agree diversion routes.

While the work is being carried out, there will be no full road closures during the day.

Lane 1 only will be closed during the day between junctions 16 and 17, with two narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit in place for safety reasons.

There will only be full closures overnight, as well as 24/7 slip road closures along the same section. During the closures, traffic will be diverted via A15, A1260 and A1139, also using the A47 when the entry slip road at junction 17 is closed.

To help people making journeys during this holiday period, we will suspend work and keep all three lanes open on Fridays. The work is dependent on suitable weather conditions and dates may be subject to change.

For the latest information about closures and diversions, please refer to the weekly roadworks bulletin we issue every Friday or visit the road project pages, where a work schedule will be kept up to date.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 2 July 2015