Press release

Planned roadworks in the east of England: weekly summary for Monday 12 – Sunday 18 October 2015

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.




A1 J17 to A43 interchange: drainage surveys

Work to carry out drainage surveys on the northbound and southbound A1 between junction 17 and A43 interchange continues. The work is carried out between 9pm and 6am weeknights only and is planned to be completed by the end of October 2015. During the work there will be a combination of lane 1 and 2 closures along the A1.

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. Main construction started in March 2015.

Work on the M1

We have started work on the new M1 junction. The traffic management, including safety barriers, signs, CCTV and average speed cameras, will stay in place throughout the junction construction work, which will be carried out in phases and should be finished in spring 2017 as the scheme nears completion. There will also be overnight lane closures when required, which will be clearly signed.

Work on the A5

On the A5, travelling from the A505, roundabout traffic has been realigned and now runs on the east side of the carriageway on one lane in each direction to allow for embankment work. In addition, there are 3 way traffic lights at the A5/A505 roundabout, north of Dunstable, weeknights only between 8pm and 6am, to allow construction of the western verge for a cycleway and footway.

Work on local roads:

  • The B579 Luton Road Bridge (over the M1) is now permanently closed and road users are using the new road layout, which is clearly signposted
  • A section of Sundon Road (near the existing railway bridge for the Luton to Bedford line) will be closed from 8pm on Friday 16 October to 6am Monday 19 October to complete preparation works for the future junction roundabout. Access for residents only will be maintained from the junction of Sundon Park Road and a clearly signed diversion will be in place.
  • Work on the major improvement is due to complete in spring 2017. For more information visit the scheme page

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 is now complete and the pier and abutment construction is well advanced. The installation of structural steel beams to support the new viaduct over the Chelmer River started on 7 October 2015.

Work to install steel structures on the viaduct approaches is due to take place from 13 October 2015 for 3 weeks. All site work is carried out offline so daytime traffic is not affected and steel structure deliveries are all carried out under a special order during the night to minimise disruption. For further details visit the scheme page.

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