Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 14 to Sunday 20 December 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.

New work

A11, A1304 Chippenham: safety improvements

We are improving signs and markings at the A11/A1307 northbound entry slip road at Chippenham. This work will improve safety for drivers by improving visibility. We will be working between 9.30am and 3.30pm from Monday 14 December to Monday 21 December. There will be a series of lane closures during the work.

A14 Woolpit: signs improvements

We are improving the ‘No Entry’ signage and marking on the exit slip road of the A14 eastbound junction 47 at Woolpit. On Thursday 17 December the exit slip road will be closed overnight between 9pm and 6am. Traffic will be diverted to continue east to junction 49 Tot Hill, and then turn around to return to Woolpit.

A14 River Cam bridge, Horningsea: bridge repairs

We are repairing the bridge over the River Cam along the A14 near Horningsea. Between Tuesday 15 December and Friday 18 December the westbound A14 will be closed overnight only from 9pm to 6am between junctions 36 (Bottisham and A11) and 33 (Milton). A clearly signposted diversion will have drivers take the A11, A505, and M11 before re-joining the A14.

Ongoing work

M1, A421, A5, Bedfordshire: improvements

A package of works to repair or resurface carriageways, replace and install new signs, replace road markings, upgrade lighting cables and install new LED lighting heads on the M1, A421 and A5 in Bedfordshire started last month and is planned for completion in January 2016. The work is part of Highways England’s commitment to improve safety and ensure better journey experiences across the East region’s busiest roads.

Work on the A5 between Little Brickhill and A505 roundabout:

Work to resurface the carriageway, laybys and replace road markings on the A5 is taking place between Sheep Lane roundabout and Hockliffe. Safety improvement works at Tebworth Turn will also take place. The A5 will be closed in both directions between the A5 at Sheep Lane roundabout and the A505 roundabout between 8pm and 6am. Traffic will be diverted via the A505, A4146 and A5. Local residents who require access will be escorted past the roadworks.

Work on A421

The A421 westbound will be closed between 9pm and 5.30am from Marston Moretaine to junction 13 of the M1 until just before Christmas. The diversion will follow the route of the old A421.

M11, A14, Cambridgeshire: improvements

A package of work to carry out resurfacing, safety barrier renewal, bridge repairs, embankment repairs, replacing and installing new signs, repairing damaged kerbs and replacing road markings on the A14 and M11 in Cambridgeshire, has started and will continue until the end of June. The work is part of Highways England’s commitment to improve safety and ensure better journey experiences across the East region’s busiest roads.

Work on the A14

Repair the embankment at A1307 Huntingdon Road to repair an earth slip in addition to refurbishing works to the bridge. A lane closure and 40mph speed limit remain in place 24 hours a day with lane 2 remaining open.

Resurface the road and putting down new road markings between junctions 29 and 31. The road will be closed eastbound at junction 29 (Bar Hill) to 31 (Girton) from 8pm to 6am (on weekdays). Traffic for Bar Hill and the Village of Lolworth will be able to exit at junction 29 and then travel west on the A14. Traffic for the A14 East and the M11 south will exit at junction 29 and be diverted west on the A14 to junction 23 (Huntingdon) south to the A1 at Brampton Hut onto the A1 south to the A428 heading east returning to the A14. Traffic for the M11 south will leave at the A1303 Madingley Road and re-join the M11 south at junction 13.

Resurfacing the A14 between junctions 26 (Hemingfords) and 29 (Bar Hill). The road will be closed eastbound between the junctions from 9pm to 6am until early January (weekdays only, not over Christmas) and traffic will be diverted via the A1 and the A428. Traffic for the M11 will exit at J32 and return west then head south on the M11. Traffic for A14 junctions west of Girton J31 will exit at J32 and return west on the A14.

Repairing the embankment between junctions 34 (Horningsea) and 33 (Milton), where there are westbound lane closures.

Resurfacing between junctions 26 (Hilton) and 29 (Bar Hill), with the A14 currently closed eastbound overnight here. Eastbound traffic is diverted back to exit at junction 23, then take the A1 and A428, while traffic accessing between the two junctions continues east on the A428 to A14 junction 32, then west to junction 30. Traffic for the M11 south will follow the same diversion, exiting at junction 31.

M11 Stansted Airport to M25: Carriageway repairs

We are repairing and improving the M11 between junctions 8 (Stansted Airport) and 6 (M25). Work should be completed by the end of February (no work during the Christmas period). There will be lane closures and speed restrictions throughout the works and a number of road closures between junctions 8 and 7, with all work taking place between 10pm and 6am.

The northbound M11 will be closed where it passes under the M25 at junction 6 on Monday 14 December. Traffic will exit onto the M25 and head to the next junction, before turning around to re-join the M11 northbound at junction 6.

The A120-M11 southbound link road between Priory Wood Roundabout and junction 8 will be closed between 10pm and 6am on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December. Traffic will exit the A120 at Priory Wood Roundabout and continue on the A120 to join the M11 southbound via junction 8.

There will be lane closures overnight on the M11 southbound between junctions 8 (Stansted) and 7 (Harlow) with speed limits in place.

A1(M) Huntingdon to Peterborough: overhead signs replacement

We are replacing the overhead message signs on the A1(M) between Huntingdon and Peterborough with newer models. The first phase of work, starting on Monday 7 December, will be done using hard shoulder closures only (not over Christmas). A second phase of work in the New Year will need some lane and slip road closures at night, with clearly signed diversions where needed. This work should be completed in spring 2016.

We are building a new 2.9 mile, 2 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. Overnight three way traffic lights will be on A5/A505 on Monday 14 December and Friday 18 December between 8pm and 6pm.

To note that until mid-January the A5 will be closed in both directions between 8pm and 6am between Houghton Regis (Thorn Road) and Hockliffe Road for repair work. This work is not part of the A5-M1 link scheme.

Work on local roads:

On Luton Road (B579) Chalton there are two-way traffic lights between 10am and 3pm from Monday 14 December to Friday 18 December

On the new Luton Road near Vauxhall there are two way traffic lights between 9.30am – 3.30pm from Monday 14 December to Friday 18 December

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

A11 Red Lodge, Suffolk: barrier replacement

Work on A11 in Cambridgeshire to take down the old central reserve barrier, and install a new one between the A11/A14 junction and the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border, near Red Lodge, is continuing and will be finished before Christmas.

During the work, a lane of the A11 will be closed in both directions (weeknights only) between 8pm and 6am. A speed limit will remain in place throughout the day where there is an incomplete barrier.

A12 Oak Road, Rivenhall: safety improvements

We are working to improve safety and reduce accidents on the A12 in Rivenhall at the Oak Road junction. From Monday 7 December we will be working to change the junction, with work to take just over a fortnight. Between 8pm and 6am on weekdays only one lane of the A12 will be closed northbound, while Oak Road will be closed. For residents needing to access Oak Road there will be a clearly signposted diversion.

A12 junctions 13 to 15, Margaretting: surveys

We will be carrying out pavement investigations between 14 December 2015 and 15 January 2016 with a break for the Christmas period. During the investigations, overnight lane closures will be place.

A12 Essex: Improvements

We are working to improve the A12 in Essex and Suffolk, making the road safer and improving the road surface. We are also putting in place new signs to make the road easier to navigate. Work at various locations along the route will be ongoing until spring 2016. The work is part of Highways England’s commitment to improve safety and ensure better journey experiences across the East region’s busiest roads.

Ongoing work includes:

Upgrading and replacing the safety barrier and installing new signs between Langham and Stratford St Mary. There will be overnight lane closures and speed limits during the day where the barrier is incomplete until the end of January.

Erecting new signs and putting in new road markings on the A12 between junction 29 (A120 Colchester) and junction 30 (Stratford St Mary). Between 8pm and 6am there will be lane closures and speed limits between the junctions. We expect to complete this work by mid-January (weekdays only, not over Christmas).

Starting on Monday 14 December we will be installing new drainage along Chelmer Embankment between junctions 19 and 18, with a southbound lane closed between 8pm and 6am for the works. We expect to complete this work by early February (weekdays only, not over Christmas).

A5 Chalk Hill: surveys

We will be carrying out pavement investigations which will be completed this weekend, 19 and 20 December. During the investigations, overnight traffic signals will be in place.

A14 Ipswich, Suffolk: Orwell Bridge safety improvements

Work to introduce a new speed limit, improve road markings and install new traffic signs as part of a package of measures to improve safety on the A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is underway and is expected to complete by spring 2016. This work will also see the installation of average speed cameras enforcing a new speed limit of 60mph.

Most of the work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am involving lane closures and some road closures between junctions 56 to 57 with some minor work taking place on the verges during the day.

There are lanes closed on the A14 in both directions between junctions 55 and 58 between 10pm and 5am until mid-January (weekdays only, not over Christmas). Laybys are closed eastbound on the same stretch of road.

A14 Girton to Histon (junctions 31 to 32): lane gain scheme, finishing off works

Work to add an additional lane on the A14 in each direction between Girton and Histon and improve slip roads onto the M11 and A14 was completed on Friday 10 April.

We are carrying out some finishing off work around the scheme. While we carry out this work, there will be some overnight lane and slip road closures, with clearly signed diversions where needed.

This weekend, there will also be and some occasional off-peak daytime lane closures on the A14 and overnight closures of the M11 northbound and A428 eastbound accesses to the A14 with clearly signed diversions between 8pm and 6am on Friday 11 to Sunday 13 December. This work was cancelled last weekend due to weather conditions.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme: topographical surveys

From 19 October to 19 January we are carrying out topographical, drainage and pavement surveys for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

These surveys allow us to map the layout and level of the existing road, drainage network and adjacent land, as well as understand the ground we will be building on, so that we can fully understand the landscape we will be working in and finalise the design of the new road.

Surveys are taking place along the whole of the scheme route, this includes the land where the new Huntingdon southern bypass would be built and the existing A1 and A14 that form part of the scheme. Surveys of the existing route will require lane closures in both directions and will take place at night only (between 8pm and 6am) to minimise any disruption to traffic. No heavy machinery or plant equipment will be used.

Lane closures are currently scheduled overnight on:

  • Thursday 10th December 2015: A14 eastbound junction 30 (Dry Drayton) to junction 29 (Bar Hill) (pavement surveys and drainage surveys)
  • Friday 11th December 2015: A1 northbound and southbound Buckden to Alconbury (pavement and drainage surveys)
  • Monday 14th December 2015: A14 westbound junction 21 (Brampton Hut) to junction 20 (Ellington) (for drainage survey)
  • Monday 14th December 2015: A14 eastbound junction 26(Fen Stanton) to junction 28 (Swavesey) (for pavement survey)
  • Tuesday 15th December 2015: A1/A14 junction 21 gyratory and all approaches (Brampton Hut) (pavement survey)
  • Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December 2015: M11 northbound junction 14/A14 junction 31 eastbound (Girton) to Junction 28 (Swavesey) (for drainage survey)
  • Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December 2015: A14 eastbound junction 26 (Fen Stanton) to junction 29 (Bar Hill) (for pavement and drainage survey)

A120 Galleys Corner roundabout, Braintree: signs installation

We installing news signs, and repairing or replacing existing signage at the Galleys Corner roundabout on the A120 in Braintree. There are lane closures on the A120 and B1018 approaching the roundabout between 9pm and 6am, on weekdays only. We expect this work to take a further week to complete.

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.

The reinforced deck construction is currently underway and earthworks are well advanced either side of the main viaduct structure.

All site work is carried out off-line so daytime traffic is not affected by the ongoing works.

For further details of the scheme, visit the scheme page.

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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