Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 19 - Sunday 25 January 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.

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New work

A12 Lowestoft, Suffolk: resurfacing works

We are resurfacing the carriageway and renewing road markings on the A12 in both directions between St Peters Street and Station Square in Lowestoft. Works will start on Monday 19 January and we have scheduled them to finish by Friday 6 February. We will work between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works we will need to close the A12 in both directions between St Peters Street and Station Square. Southbound traffic will be diverted along St Peters Street, Katwijk Way and Denmark Road; northbound traffic will follow this diversion in reverse. We will maintain access to businesses and residents adjacent to the works by escorting them through the works where it is safe to do so.

A47 Kings Lynn, Norfolk: drainage repair works

We are cleaning and making repairs to the drainage system alongside the A47 in both directions between the Great Ouse Bridge and the Nar Ouse Way Interchange. Works will start on Monday 19 January and should be completed by Friday 30 January. We will work between 8pm and 6am Monday to Sunday and will use lane closures to complete the works safely.

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 will start works on Monday 12 January and have scheduled them to finish by the end of February. We will work between 8pm and 6am from Monday to Sunday.

During the week from Monday 19 January until Sunday 25 January we will be carrying out works using overnight lane closures. To keep roads users safe while we complete the works we will need to close the A47 at the roundabout. Diversions will be as follows:

  • A47 eastbound closed between western roundabout and eastern roundabout – diversion A1 northbound to Carpenters Lodge Interchange, Stamford before returning southbound on A1 to Wansford
  • A47 westbound closed between eastern roundabout and western roundabout – diversion A1 southbound to Stibbington Interchange before returning northbound on A1 to Wansford
  • A1 southbound exit slip road closure – diversion A1 southbound to Stibbington Interchange before returning northbound on A1 to Wansford
  • A1 southbound entry slip road closure – diversion A1 northbound to Carpenters Lodge interchange Stamford before returning southbound on A1

A1 northbound - Sandy to Black Cat Roundabout, Bedfordshire: Drainage clearance works

We are carrying out drainage clearance and repair works along the A1 northbound between Sandy and the Black Cat roundabout.

We will start the works on Monday 5 January and we have scheduled them to finish by Saturday 24 January. Works will be carried out as follows:

  • A1 NB Kelpie Marina to Black Roundabout
  • lane 2 Northbound & Lane 2 Southbound back to back closure. Night time 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs Monday to Friday
  • lane 2 Northbound closure. Day time working Monday 08:00hrs to 16:00hrs, Tues to Thurs 08:00hrs to 15:00hrs
  • lane 2 Northbound & Lane 2 Southbound back to back closures. 24hr weekend working 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs Fri to Mon
  • A1 NB Church Farm Tempsford
  • lane 1 Northbound closure. Daytime working hours Monday 08:00hrs to 16:00hrs. Tues to Thurs 08:00hrs to 15:00hrs

A1, Black Cat roundabout, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire: Improvements

A scheme to ease congestion and improve journey time and safety (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 and subject to weather conditions, is scheduled to last for approximately 8 months. 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 work will normally take place between 7.30am and 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, with occasional night time road and lane closures.

Narrow lanes are currently in place 24 hours a day in both directions and on the roundabout itself. There will be overnight single lane closures between 19 and 24 January on both north and southbound A1 and the A421.

This scheme aims to provide a link to the M1 that is an alternative to the movement along the A5 and A505 from the A5/A505 junction to the M1 Junction 11. It would reduce journey times and improve journey reliability for strategic traffic currently travelling through Dunstable. It also aims to reduce the number of vehicle and safety related incidents and will support local development plans, economic growth and employment and maximise the return on public investment.

Advanced works started on site in May 2014. Continuation of these works will require some road closures, which will be publicised in advance. These works are important as they will help stay on target for the planned start of the main construction work in spring 2015.

The planned completion date for the project is early 2017. For more information, visit the [project pages}(http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A5-M1-Link-Dunstable-Northern-Bypass).

A11 Tuttles, Wymondham, Norfolk: resurfacing works

We are continuing to resurface the link road in both directions between the traffic islands at Tuttles Interchange on the A11 east of Wymondham, Norfolk. Works started on 9 January and are due to finish on Tuesday 20 January. We are working between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday. To keep road users safe while we complete the works we are closing the link road, the westbound exit slip road and the eastbound entry slip road. Westbound road users wishing to leave the A11 for Wymondham should continue along the A11 and then take the exit onto Station Road at Spooner Row. Road users should then follow the B1172 eastbound towards Wymondham. Eastbound road users wishing to join the A11 from Wymondham should follow this diversion in reverse.

A11 Fiveways to Thetford, Suffolk: Major upgrade

The A11 Fiveways to Thetford dualling and improvement scheme was fully opened to traffic on Friday 12 December 2014. Please note that there will be finishing works taking place over the coming weeks.

For further details of this scheme, visit the project pages.

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

On 14 April 2014 work started 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. This is part of the Government’s Pinch point Programme. The work is scheduled to take place mainly during the day, with existing lanes narrowed and a 50mph speed limit imposed.

Between Monday 19th January 2015 and Friday 23rd January 2015 there will be an eastbound closure of the A14 between junctions 31-32. There will also be westbound closure between junctions 32-36 between Tuesday 20th January and Friday 23rd January. The closures are weather permitting and will both be effective between 20:00hrs and 06:00hrs each evening and local diversions will be in place. Closures and diversions via the M11, A11 and A505 will be well sign posted and details can be seen on the project pages.

A47 Postwick, Norfolk: Postwick Hub junction upgrade

Norfolk County Council started work to upgrade the Postwick Hub junction over the A47 on 12 May 2014. For the duration of the work, there will be an eastbound lane 1 closure and a temporary 50mph speed limit on the A47. In addition, work will require some overnight closures on the A47 from time to time, which will be advertised in advance by the council. Work is due to be completed by winter 2015. For further details, contact Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or visit Norfolk County Council’s website.

A47 Walsoken, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire: junction improvements

We are making improvements to the A47 Walsoken / Broad End Road junction by installing new warning signs and renewing road markings at the location. Work should be finished by the end of February 2015. We will work between 8pm and 6am and will use temporary traffic signals to manage traffic.

A120 Little Bentley, Essex: Pellens Corner Average Speed Cameras

Works commenced in October to provide a series of average speed cameras along a stretch of the A120. Works are programmed for completion in January 2015.

A421 Bedford Southern Bypass eastbound: Resurfacing and drainage clearance works

We are carrying out works to resurface the carriageway on the eastbound A421 Bedford Southern Bypass. We are replacing worn out carriageway, road markings and road studs, as well as clearing drainage at this location. Works started on Monday 17 November and we plan to finish them by Friday 23 January. We will be working between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works we will need to close the A421 eastbound between A4280 Goldington Road and A6 Elstow. Eastbound traffic should leave the A421 at A4280, turn left at the traffic lights onto Newnham Avenue, then follow Newnham Avenue onto Longholme Way. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Rope Walk, and at the next roundabout take the second exit onto A5140 Ampthill Road, and then follow this road to the junction with A421 / A6 at Elstow.

We will remove the traffic management during the daytime, and traffic will run on the A421 on a milled surface, with a temporary 40mph speed limit. Our intention is to better deliver a road surface that has fewer joints reducing maintenance works in the future. The operations should also reduce the duration of the works compared with using the traditional method. 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 Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

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Published 19 January 2015