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Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 28 November to Sunday 4 December 2016

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Summary of work being carried out this coming week.

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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. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

New work

M11 Cambridge: slip road repairs

We are repairing the road surface of the southbound exit slip road of the M11 at junction 11 (Addenbrooke’s Hospital). We will complete this work overnight between Monday 28 November and Friday 2 December, working between 9pm and 6am.

To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will close the left hand lane of the M11 approaching junction 11 southbound while we are working. The slip road will also be closed, with traffic diverted to continue south to junction 10 (Duxford – A505), exit and return northbound to leave the M11 at junction 11.

A1 Buckden: road surface repairs

We repairing the A1 between Buckden and the junction with the B661, and Brampton and junction 21 of the A14. We will complete this work overnight between Monday 28 November and Friday 23 December, working between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will close the A1 between the two junctions while we are working. There will also be a 40mph speed limit in place 24/7 throughout the works.

This week we are working on the A1 southbound from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December. There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place, whereby drivers will be diverted to take the A14 eastbound to junction 23 (Brampton Hut), then; take the A14 south and then east to junction 32 (Histon), then; take the A14 westbound to the A428, continuing westbound, and finally; re-join the A1 at the Wyboston Lakes junction.

A47 Wansford: slip road repairs

We are repairing the road surface on slip roads at the junction of the A47 and A1 at Wansford, west of Peterborough. We will complete this work between Wednesday 30 November and Friday 9 December, working between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will close the each slip road while we are working on it. We will also have the left hand lane of the A47 closed with a 50mph speed limit in place approaching the speed limit.

These closures will take place as follows:

  • the A1 northbound slip road to the A47 roundabout on Wednesday 30 November
  • the A47 roundabout slip road to the A1 northbound on Thursday 1 December
  • the A1 southbound slip road top the A47 roundabout on Friday 2 December

There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place while we are working, whereby drivers wishing to exit the A1 when heading north will be diverted north to the B1081 London Road, then south to the A1/A47 junction.

Drivers on the A47 wishing to head north will be diverted off the A1 southbound to Old Great North Road at the New Lane junction, then re-join the A1 to head northbound.

Drivers wishing to exit the A1 when heading south will be diverted to the Old Great North Road at the New Lane junction, then re-join the A1 to head northbound to the A1/A47 junction.

Drivers on the A47 wishing to head south will be diverted onto the A1 northbound to the B1081 London Road junction, then to head southbound on the A1.

Ongoing work

Various roads: routine inspections for street lighting

We are carrying out a programme of routine inspections of electrical and structural equipment across the region, which is planned for completion in spring 2017.

This week, we will be inspecting equipment on:

  • the A5 with no impact on road users
  • the A47 starting at Acle and working westward towards Norwich which will consist of lane closures but no full closures

Various roads: barrier repairs

We will continue repairs to barriers throughout the week, using lane closures to keep road users at a safe distance from the work. The work will take place at various locations, working between 8pm and 5am. This week we are repairing barriers on the M11 in both directions from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December overnight, using lane closures while we are working between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11). We are also repairing barriers on the A120 in both directions, between junction 8 with the M11 and Braintree (Marks Farm).

Various roads: litter picking and sweeping

We will continue litter picking throughout the week on the A1(M), the M1 and the M11. These will be done using a mobile slow-moving hard shoulder or lane closure. We will also be sweeping the hard shoulder of the M11 during the day while we litter pick between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11).

M1 Luton: digital signage replacements

We are replacing digital motorway signage on the M1 between junctions 9 (A5 –Markyate) and 10 (A1081 – Luton). We will be working overnight on weekdays only between 10pm and 5am, finishing on Thursday 15 December.

This week we are working on signage at junction 10, from Monday 28 November to Thursday 1 December. The northbound entry slip road to the M1 will be closed while we are working on Monday 28 November, with traffic diverted to join the M1 southbound, exit at junction9, and return north. The southbound entry slip road to the M1 will be closed while we are working on Tuesday 29 November, with traffic diverted to join the M1 northbound, exit at junction 11 (Luton), exit and return south. On Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December there will be single lane running in the left hand lane, with the hard shoulder also closed.

M1 Hemel Hempstead: technology repairs

We are working to repair and replace faulty power cables for signage technology on the motorway, including overhead sign lighting, on the M1 between junctions 8 (Hemel Hempstead) and 9 (A5 – Markyate). We are working on weekdays and, if required, some Saturdays. The hard shoulder will be closed while we are working during the day, with lanes closure in place overnight. As part of these scheme works it will be necessary for some of the exit and entry slip roads of junctions 8 and 9 be closed overnight on specific dates, though not simultaneously. Where slip roads are closed, drivers will be diverted to continue on the M1 to the next junction, exit and return to leave the junction from the opposite direction.

M11: tree planting

There will be hard shoulder closures on the M11 in various locations between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11) for tree planting. This will be done between 9am and 4pm from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December.

M11 and A120: structures maintenance

We are carrying out routine maintenance work on bridges crossing the M11 between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11) in both directions. We will also be doing similar work on the A120, between junction 8 with the M11 and Braintree (Marks Farm). These will be done during the day, with the hard shoulder closed while we are working.

M11 and A120 Stansted Airport: pothole filling

We will be filling in potholes on the M11 between junctions 8 (Stansted Airport – Bishop’s Stortford) and 9 (A11) in both directions, and on the A120 between Braintree and junction 8 of the M11. This will be done using lane and hard shoulder closures while we are working, between 8.30pm and 6am, from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December.

M11: routine maintenance

We will be doing routine maintenance of structures and technology boxes along the M11 during the day. These will be done with a hard shoulder closure, taking place between junctions 6 (M25) and 9 (A11).

M40: major maintenance

We will be carrying out major maintenance work on the M40, which includes low noise resurfacing and safety barrier repairs between Adwell (near junction 6) and the A40 Oxford spur (junction 8). For further details, please visit: http://www.highways.gov.uk/m40-junction-6-to-8.

There will be three lanes open to drivers during the day with this reduced to one overnight on the M40 southbound while we are working.

On Mondy there will also be three lanes running during the day, with the M40 closed southbound overnight between the two junctions. There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place, whereby drivers will exit at junction 8 and take the A418, the A40 London Road and the BA4009 to re-join the M40 at junction 6. A 50mph speed limit will be in place throughout the works.

M40: routine maintenance

We are undertaking routine maintenance on the M40. Works include sweeping, drainage cleaning, litter picking, vegetation cutting, white lining, street lighting maintenance, defect repair (including street lighting defects), inspection of the assets including structures and safety fence repair. We will be working between 10pm and 6am. Unless stated otherwise, these closures will see traffic diverted to continue to the next junction, to exit and return.

This week we are working on the M40

Entry and exit slip roads at junction 5 (A40 – Stokenchurch), southbound on Monday 28 to 06:00 on Tuesday 29 November.

Drivers from the exit slip continue to travel southbound along the M40 and leave at (junction 4 High Wycombe) Travel right around the roundabout to re-join the M40 northbound. Travel northbound to leave at (Jn 5 stokenchurch) exit slip.

Drivers from the entry slip join the M40 Northbound travel north to leave the M40 at (Jn 6 Lewknor) exit slip. Turn right and right again to re-join the M40 southbound and travel back to (Junction 5 Stokenchurch).

At 22:00 on Tuesday 29 november Entry and Exit slip roads at (Junction 15 Warwick) There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place where drivers heading northbound will take M42 leave at (J4 - High wycombe ) travel around the roundabout and rejoin the M42 southbound and then rejoin the M40 southbound.Travel further south to leave at (Junction 15 –Warwick) exit slip.

Drivers heading southbound will follow this diversion in reverse.

On the M40 southbound beneath junction 9 (A34 – A41 – Bicester) on Wednesday 30 November, with traffic diverted to exit at junction 9 and re-join the M40 on the far side of the closure.

On the M40 in both directions between junctions 6 (Lewknor) and 8A (A40 – Oxford) from Saturday 3 to Monday 5 December. There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place where drivers heading northbound will take the B4009 to the A40 London Road, then the A418 to re-join the M40 at junction 8A. Drivers heading southbound will follow this diversion in reverse. During this time we will also be working on the various entry and exit slip roads at and between the two junctions, with drivers diverted onto the M40 at either junction 6 or 8A.

A1 Sandy: resurfacing

We are resurfacing the A1 northbound between the Sandy roundabout and the George Town cottages junction. We will be working overnight until Saturday 3 December, between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only. We will close the A1 northbound between Sandy roundabout and the George Town cottages junction while we are working. There will be a clearly signed diversion route in place, whereby drivers will be diverted to take the A603 westbound towards Bedford, then the A421 eastbound to re-join the A1 at the Black Cat roundabout.

A5 Milton Keynes: barrier repairs

We are replacing safety barriers that protect bridge supports along the northbound and southbound verges of the A5 by Milton Keynes. The work will be undertaken on weekdays between 8pm and 6am to minimise disruption and should be completed early December.

The work will be completed under lane closure, however some full closures are required to install temporary barrier and road markings. A clearly signed diversion route will be in place when the road is closed.

The speed limit will be reduced to 50mph past the works and this will remain in place during the day. Also, while both lanes of the A5 will be open during the day, they will have to be narrowed.

On Monday 28 November the A5 northbound will be closed between A421 Redmoor Roundabout (H9) and A422 Abbey Hill Roundabout (H3). Drivers will be diverted to take V6 to re-join the A5 northbound via the A422 Abbey Hill Roundabout (H3).

On Tuesday 29 November the A5 northbound will be closed between A421 Redmoor Roundabout (H9) and A508 Old Stratford Roundabout. Drivers will be diverted to take V6, A422 Monks Way, Great Monks St (V5), Stratford Rd, Queen Eleanor St, London Rd and Towcester Rd to re-join the A5 at A508 Old Stratford Roundabout.

From Wednesday 30 November we will be working on the A5 northbound between the A422 Abbey Hill Roundabout (H3) and A508 Old Stratford Roundabout. The left hand lane is closed while we are working and a 50mph speed limit is in place.

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

Work on the new M1 junction and bridges is progressing well. The traffic management, including hard shoulder closures, 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.

This week from Monday 21 28 November to Friday 2 December, there will be M1 lane closures between junctions 10 and 12 from 10pm to 6am for overhead gantry works.

There will be overnight M1 road closures between Junction 11 and 12 as follows:

  • Tuesday 29 November , M1 closed southbound from 10pm to 6am
  • Wednesday 30 November, M1 closed northbound from 10pm to 6am

M1 southbound Junction 12 to 11

The M1 southbound will be closed at J12. Diverted traffic to exit at J12 and turn right onto the A5120 through Toddington. Turn right onto Thorn Rd and continue to the roundabout with Thorn Rd & A5. Take the 1st exit onto A5 towards Dunstable.

A the roundabout with A5 & A505 take the 1st exit and continue on the A5 to the junction with A5 & A5120 Houghton Rd left onto A5120 Houghton Rd to Houghton Regis High Street and continue to the roundabout with the Green & Park Rd north, taking the 3rd exit onto Park Rd north to the roundabout with Poynters Rd, take the 3rd exit onto Poynters Road and follow to the roundabout with Poynters Rd & A505 Dunstable Rd.

Take the 1st exit onto A505 and continue along the A505 to junction 11 of the M1 and re-join southbound M1.

M1 northbound Junction 11 to 12

M1 northbound traffic to exit at Jct 11 & turn left onto A505 Dunstable Rd, at the roundabout at A505 & Poynters Road take the 3rd exit onto Poynters and continue to the roundabout with Poynters Rd and Park Road North, take the 2nd exit and continue on Park Rd North to the next roundabout and take the 1st exit onto The Green.

Continue along to the High St (A5120) and continue to Houghton Road (A5120). At the junction with Houghton Rd (A5120) & A5 Watling St turn right onto the A5.

Continue on the A5 to the roundabout with the A5 & A505, take the 2nd exit and continue on the A5 to the roundabout with A5 & Thorn Rd, take the 3rd exit onto Thorn Rd and continue on Thorn Rd to the junction with Thorn Rd & Bedford Rd (A5120), turn left onto Bedford Rd (A5120) and follow the A5120 via Toddington to M1 J12 and re-join the M1.

Work on the A5 and local roads

From Monday 1 August a new road layout is in place between the A505 and Dunstable Road for the A5 and Thorn Road. These changes will include the new roundabout on the A5 being introduced allowing road users to use the roundabout and access Thorn Road from the A5 northbound, and from Thorn Road access to the A5 northbound, A5 north towards Milton Keynes and A5 south towards Dunstable and A505.

From Monday 28 November to Friday 02 December there will be traffic lights overnight on the A5-A505 between 8pm and 6am for safety barrier installation work. There will be off-peak temporary traffic lights on local roads and A5 between 9.30am and 3.30pm for verge and safety barrier work.

A11 Wymondham

We are completing works to repair the drainage on the A11 northbound at Wymondham. We will be working overnight weekdays only between 8pm and 6am and will need to close the inside lane of the A11 while we work.

Cycle improvements schemes in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Bedfordshire

Work is substantially completed on the building or improving of cycle paths at 16 locations across the East of England including on the A12, A120, A47 and A5.

The work included the installation of new and upgraded shared-use foot/cycle ways and toucan crossing facilities. The new or improved paths will make it safer and easier to cycle on or around major A-roads and will improve connections with the local and national cycle network.

The project is part of a country-wide initiative which will see Highways England deliver 200 projects over the next five years after the government set up a £100 million dedicated fund for cycling in its Road Investment Strategy.

Ongoing work for this week

A12 Lowestoft – Station Road/Gunton St/Peters Avenue

There will be off-peak two and three-way traffic lights for UKPN work to connect street lighting.

A14 Bury St Edmunds: junction improvements

Improvement works are being carried out on the A14 Junction 45 Rookery Crossroads/Rougham. Works include construction of new eastbound slip roads, which are being funded by Suffolk County Council as part of the Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road scheme. There is a 24 hour 40mph speed limit in place through the works for safety reasons, works are currently taking place overnight using lane closures in both directions. The works are due to take 5 months to complete.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire: major improvements

Early preparatory construction work on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme has been underway for a number of months.

Between now and the end of 2016 we are carrying out a variety of tasks which will require us to close lanes / carriageway on the A1, A14 and some of the side roads.

The work we will be doing will include: * creating strengthened crossing points for site vehicles on a number of the side roads -these are called plant crossings * installing access points to our construction compounds * taking core samples of the existing trunk roads to enable appropriate design and construction * clearing the site of vegetation which is adjacent to the live carriageway

Wherever possible, work will take place at night (usually between 8pm and 6am) to minimise disruption to traffic.

Lane or carriageway closures are currently planned for Saturday 26th November through to Monday 28thth November. Full closure of Hilton Road 08.00 Saturday to 05.00 Monday. This is for plant crossing and site clearance.

Monday 28st November 2016 2000 to 0600

A14 Westbound between Jct 22 & J21 lane closure – Drainage Surveys A1 Southbound Brampton Hut Entry Slip road Closed – Drainage Surveys.

Tuesday 29th November 2016 2000 to 0600

  • A1 NB Brampton Hut Exit Slip road closed – Drainage Surveys
  • A14 W/B between Jct 22 & J21 lane 1 closed – Drainage Surveys

Wednesday 30th November-Friday 2nd Dec 2000-0600

No works scheduled

Saturday 3rd December through to Monday 5th December

Full weekend closure of Potton road 08.00 Saturday to 05.00 Monday.

A14 Cambridgeshire: drainage repairs

We are undertaking investigations and repairs to the drainage system of the A14 between junctions 32 (Girton – M11 interchange) and 35 (Stoke cum Quy). We will be working off the road during the day clearing vegetation and re-profiling drainage ditches. There will be lane closures and slip road closures between 8pm and 6am while we are working overnight, with all works on weekdays only.

This week we are working on the A14 in both directions with the inside lane closed between junctions 32 and 33.

A47 Norwich: road resurfacing

We are resurfacing the A47 to the south west of Norwich, at the Thickthorn junction with the A11. We expect to finish work by Friday 9 December, working between 8pm and 6am on weekdays only. To keep drivers a safe distance from our works, we will have to close the A47 at the junction while we are working.

On Monday 28 November the A47 eastbound will be closed between the B1108 Watton Road Interchange and A140 Ipswich Road Interchange. Drivers will be pre-diverted before the closure to leave the A47 at Longwater Interchange, taking the A1074, then the A140 Norwich Ring Road to re-join the A47 via the A140 Ipswich Road Interchange.

Drivers who miss the pre-diversion will be turned around at the B1108 Watton Road Interchange to head back towards the A1074 Longwater Interchange.

From Tuesday 29 November the A47 westbound will be closed between the A140 Ipswich Road Interchange and A11 Thickthorn Interchange. Drivers will be diverted to take the A140 and Norwich Ring Road to re-join the A47 via the A11 Thickthorn Interchange.

A47 Dogsthorpe: junction improvements (Peterborough City Council)

Peterborough City Council is continuing its junction improvement work at the A47/A15 Dogsthorpe junction, Peterborough. The work will involve some overnight full closure and 24/7 lane closures on the A47.

For more information, visit the Peterborough City Council website.

A138 Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, Essex: Chelmer viaduct replacement

The new viaduct structure opened to traffic on Monday 18 April 2016.

All works are now substantially completed, however night time traffic management will be in place on the southbound lane between 28th November and 2nd December 2016 to enable alterations to be made to the carriageway and kerbline adjacent the Army and Navy roundabout. Traffic Management will be in place from 8.00pm to 6.00am.

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Published 25 November 2016