Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England for Monday 13 – Sunday 19 April 2014

Weekly summary of planned roadworks in the East of England for Monday 13 – Sunday 19 April 2014

The following information summarises the work being carried out this coming week. It is correct as of the above date but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

NEW WORK

A47 Guyhirn to Redmoor, Cambridgeshire: Road markings and signs renewal

Work to renew road markings and replace road signs on the A47 between Guyhirn and Redmoor near Wisbech will take place overnight for two nights from Tuesday 14 April. The work will take place between 8pm and 6am and is planned for completion by Wednesday 15 April. During the work there will be lane closures past the work controlled by temporary traffic signals.

A47 Thorney Knarr Fen junction, Cambridgeshire: Road markings renewal

Work to renew road markings on the A47 near Thorney will take place overnight for one night on Monday 13 April. The work will take place between 8pm and 6am. During the work there will be lane closures controlled by temporary traffic signals.

A47 Pullover roundabout, Kings Lynn, Norfolk: Removal of road markings

Work to remove the “left turn arrow” on the A47 approach to Pullover roundabout at Kings Lynn will take place overnight for one night on Thursday 16 April. The work will take place between 8pm and 6am and there will be a lane closure past the works.

ONGOING WORK

A1/A47 Wansford, Peterborough: Pinch Point junction improvement works

We are making improvements to the junction where the A1 meets the A47 at Wansford near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, by installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout and widening local approach roads. These works are part of the Government’s £317m pinch point programme, which aims to boost local economies by reducing congestion and delays at key locations. We started the works on Thursday 15 January and have scheduled them to finish by the end of April. We are working between 8pm and 6am from Monday to Sunday. During the week starting Monday 13 April there will be lane closures controlled by temporary traffic signals. For more information, visit http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A1A47Wansford-Interchange-East-Improvement

A1, Black Cat roundabout, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire: Improvements

A scheme to ease congestion and improve journey time and safety as part of the Government’s £317m Pinch Point programme which aims to boost local economies by reducing congestion and delays at key locations, started in June 2014. It involves a new road alignment to enlarge and widen the existing roundabout, new safety fencing, improved drainage, new surfacing on the roundabout and installation of lighting columns and traffic lights. The improved roundabout opened to traffic last week and the traffic signals are now fully operational. We will remain on site to check the traffic signals are working with the flow of traffic and to complete some finishing off works using overnight closures, weeknights only.

Between Monday 13 April and Friday 17 April, there will be various lane closures on the A1 both northbound and southbound as well as on the A421.

We are building a new, 2.9-mile two-lane dual carriageway, running from north of Dunstable and joining the M1 at a new junction 11a south of Chalton. The new road will reduce and improve the reliability of journey times for long distance traffic travelling around Dunstable, as well as cut congestion and promote economic growth.

Advance works started on site in May 2014 and main construction work has now started. These works will require some road closures, which will be publicised in advance.

The two public exhibitions days have now concluded and were well attended with over 600 members of the public. To view our display boards, which contain information about our construction as shown during these exhibitions, visit: http://www.highways.gov.uk/publications/a5-m1-link-dunstable-northern-bypass-exhibition-display-boards/

Work on the major improvement is due to complete in spring 2017. For more information, visit http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A5-M1-Link-Dunstable-Northern-Bypass

A11/A14 Newmarket: Embankment stabilisation works

Work to stabilise the embankment alongside the A14 at junction 38 and the A11 near Newmarket continues. The work is being carried out between 8pm and 6am and is planned for completion by 17 April. During the work there are lane closures past the works.

A12 northbound Fryerning, Essex: Drainage improvement work

Work to improve the drainage system along the A12 northbound near Fryerning, Essex will take place overnight for three weeks from Monday 23 March. The work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am and is planned for completion by Friday 10 April. During the work there will be lane closures on the A12 northbound past the work.

A12 J31-33, Suffolk: Improvement works

We are in the second phase of works to improve the road network on the A12 between junction 31 (Four Sisters Interchange) and junction 33 (Copdock Interchange). We are resurfacing the carriageway and renewing road markings, repairing barriers and drainage systems and improving lighting and embankments within these works. We are working each night between 9pm and 6am and weekends between 9pm and 8am. During the week commencing 13 April the works are being carried out in both directions under contraflow running with a reduced speed limit.

A12 J11-12, Brentwood, Essex: Improvement works

We are in the second phase of works to improve the road network on the A12 in both directions between junction 11 (for M25) and junction 12 (for A1023 Chelmsford Road). We are resurfacing the carriageway and renewing road markings, repairing barriers and drainage systems and improving lighting and embankments within these works. During the week commencing 13 April are being carried out in both directions under contraflow running with a reduced speed limit.

A14, Bury St Edmunds – Felixstowe: Sign replacement works

Work to replace 14 signs along the A14 between Bury St Edmunds and Felixstowe will take place overnight for 15 nights from 9 March. The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am on weeknights only and is planned for completion by 24 April. During the work there will be a lane closure in both directions on the A14 at various locations between junction 44 (Bury St Edmunds East) and A154 Felixstowe.

A14 Girton to Histon (junctions 31 to 32): Lane gain scheme

Work to improve slip roads onto the M11 and A14 and to add an additional lane on the A14 in each direction between Girton and Histon is continuing. This work, which is part of the Government’s Pinch Point Programme, is scheduled to take place mainly during the day, with existing lanes narrowed and a 50mph speed limit imposed. From Friday 10 April all three lanes in both directions are now open with a reduced speed limit of 50mph.

Finishing off works, which include landscaping, street lighting and fully resurfacing the road between junctions 31 and 32 (which will require overnight closures), should be completed by early June. Between Monday 13 April and Friday 17 April, both the eastbound A14 between junction 31-32 and the westbound access to the A14 at junctions 36 and 32 will be closed from 8pm to 6am. Local diversions will be clearly signposted. For details of the scheme, visit the Highways Agency website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A14-Junction-31-to-32-Eastbound-and-Westbound-Improvements

A14 Ipswich: Improvement works

Improvement work started on Monday 9 February on the A14 in Ipswich between junction 49 (Stowupland) and junction 58 (Levington). The scheme which includes resurfacing, drainage renewal, replacing barriers, embankment work and removing defects in the road is due to be completed by the end of March.

During week commencing 13 April traffic will be managed as follows:

  • Monday 13 April and Tuesday 14 April: Lane 1 closure westbound from 8pm – 6am between junction 55 exit slip road and entry slip road.
  • Wednesday 15 April – Monday 20 April: Lane 1 closure westbound from 8pm – 6am between junction 51 and junction 50.
  • Thursday 16 April: A14 eastbound closed from 8pm to 6am between junction 51 (Beacon Hill) and junction 52 (Claydon). A diversion will be clearly signposted directing road users to travel via Norwich Road and Ipswich Road to re-join the A14 at junction 52.

A14 Huntingdon: Barrier replacement works

Work to replace sections of the central reservation barrier is being carried out on the A14 Brampton and Spittals near Huntingdon. Works started Monday 9 February and are due to finish by the end of May. We will be working between 8pm and 6am and will use lane 2 closures and a temporary speed limit of 40mph for safety reasons.

A47 Peterborough: Bridge repair works

Work to carry out bridge and safety barrier repair works is continuing on the A47 at junction 18 (Lincoln Road Interchange) in Peterborough. The work is being carried out between 8am and 6pm and is scheduled to finish in April. During the works there will be a lane closure in both directions between junctions 17 and 18 with a temporary 50mph speed limit. A diversion will be clearly signposted for abnormal loads directing westbound traffic off the A47 at junction 15 (Thomas Cook Interchange) along the A1260 Nene Parkway southbound to the junction with A1139 Fletton Parkway before taking the A1139 northbound to its junction with the A47 junction 20 (Dogsthorpe). Eastbound traffic will follow this diversion in reverse.

A138 Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, Essex: Chelmer Viaduct replacement

The major improvement work on the Chelmer Viaduct in Chelmsford will take approximately 18 months to complete. Between Monday 13 and Sunday 19 April, we will start work to divert an existing surface water sewer and install a new headwall discharging to Baddows Mead ditch as well as complete the construction of a permanent protection. We will also start construction of the access road for the viaduct construction traffic and carry out a sonic survey of the area. All work will be carried out off-line and traffic will not be affected. For details of the scheme, visit the Highways Agency website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a138-chelmsford-replacement-of-chelmer-viaduct/

A421 Castle Mill viaduct, Bedford: Drainage repair works

We are repairing the drainage on the A421 Castle Mill viaduct south of Bedford and the work should be completed by 13 May. This work will be carried out alongside the A421 Bedford Southern Bypass resurfacing works and we will need to close the A421 westbound between A4280 Goldington Road and A6 Elstow. Road users will leave A421 at the Renhold Junction onto the A4280 Goldington Road, turn left at the traffic lights onto Newnham Avenue. At the roundabout take the second exit onto Longholme Way, to the next roundabout with the A600 (London Road), take the A5140 (Rope Walk), continue along the A6 (Ampthill Road) to the A421.

The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

  • Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
  • Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
  • Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
  • Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
  • Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
  • Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England Information Line 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