Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 1 – Sunday 7 June 2015

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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.

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NEW WORK

A14 Spittals Interchange to Alconbury, Huntingdon: resurfacing

Work to resurface the northbound A14 between Spittals Interchange and Alconbury will take place overnight for four weeks from Monday 1 June. The work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am and is planned for completion by Friday 26 June. During the work the northbound A14 will be closed overnight between Spittals Interchange and Alconbury. A clearly signposted diversion will be in place directing road users to follow the A14 westbound and the A1 to rejoin the A14. During the day the A14 will be reopened to traffic which will run on a planed surface with a 40mph temporary speed limit.

A47 Gressenhall, Norfolk: sign replacement

Work to replace road signs along the A47 near Gressenhall in Norfolk will take place overnight for three nights from Monday 1 June. The work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am and is planned for completion by Wednesday 3 June. During the work there will be lane closures controlled by temporary traffic signals.

ONGOING WORK

A1, Black Cat roundabout, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire: Improvements

Work to ease congestion and improve journey time and safety on the A1 at the Black Cat Roundabout 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.

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. Advance works started on site in May 2014 and main construction work is progressing.

From Monday 1 to Friday 5 June and Monday 8 to Friday 12 June, we will be doing some overnight preparation work on the M1 between junctions 11 and 12. This will include installing Speed Enforcements camera and CCTV systems, as well as carrying out pavement and site surveys. During the work, the hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed in both directions between 10pm and 5am. A temporary 50mph speed limit will be in place past the works.

Work on the major improvement is due to complete in spring 2017. For more information, visit the scheme website

To view the display boards from the two public exhibitions and a fly through visualisation of the proposed scheme, visit the scheme website

A12 J31-33, Suffolk: Improvements

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 within these works. We are working each night between 9pm and 6am and weekends between 9pm and 8am. On Monday 1 June and Between Wednesday 3 and Friday 5 June, there will be full night-time closures on the northbound carriageway from junction 31 to junction 33. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via J31 Four Sisters Interchange, B1070, A137 and A14 at J56. HGVs will need to travel via A133, A137 and A14.

On Tuesday 2 June the southbound A12 will be closed at junction 32B and traffic will be diverted onto the exit slip road and back on the entry slip road behind the BP service station.

A12 J11-12, Brentwood, Essex: Improvements

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 week commencing 1 June, the northbound carriageway will be closed overnight between 9:30pm and 6am. A diversion route will be in place directing road users to leave the A12 at junction 11, travel through Brentwood and along the B1002 to re-join the A12 at junction 13.

A14 westbound Spaldwick to Leighton Bromswold: Barrier replacement

Work to replace sections of the central reservation barrier is being carried out on the westbound A14 between Spaldwick and Leighton Bromswold west of the A1. Work is due to start during the week of 18 May and finish by mid-June. We will be working between 8pm and 6am and will use lane 2 closures overnight, as well as a narrow lane 2 and a temporary speed limit of 40mph for safety reasons 24 hours a day.

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 was completed on Friday 10 April, with all three lanes in both directions now open with a reduced speed limit of 50mph.

We are carrying out some finishing off works, which include landscaping, street lighting and fully resurfacing the road between junctions 31 and 32.

There will be overnight closures between 8pm and 6am on the westbound access to the A14 at both junctions 36 and 32 on Saturday 30 May, and on the eastbound A14 between junction 31-32 and the westbound access to the A14 at both junctions 36 and 32 from Monday 1 June to Friday 5 June.

For details of the scheme, visit the scheme website

A14 Huntingdon: Barrier replacement

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 in June. We are working between 8pm and 6am and will use lane 2 closures and a temporary speed limit of 40mph for safety reasons 24 hours a day.

A47 Peterborough: Bridge repairs

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 June. 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

Work to rebuild the viaduct at Chelmer on the A138 started on 17 March 2015. The major improvement work on the Chelmer Viaduct in Chelmsford will take approximately 18 months to complete. Construction of the access road for the viaduct construction traffic and piling platforms for the pier construction has now started. All site work will be carried out off-line and daytime traffic will not be affected. For further details of the scheme, visit the scheme website

Highways England 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.

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Published 29 May 2015