Press release

Planned roadworks in the East of England: weekly summary for Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November 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.

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A1 southbound, Diddington to Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire: surveys

We are carrying out carriageway surveys on the southbound A1 between Diddington and Little Paxton overnight on Monday 9 November. During the work, there will be lane closures.

A11, Barton Mills, Suffolk: carriageway repairs

We are repairing the road surface on the A11 southbound approach to the Fiveways Roundabout near Barton Mills. The work, which will take place overnight from 9 to 13 November, will involve replacing damaged kerbs and installing temporary signs to improve safety on the roundabout. 24 hour lane closures will be required to ensure the safety of road users and the workforce. Both the A11 and the Fiveways Roundabout will remain open for traffic throughout the work.

A11 Red Lodge, Suffolk: barrier replacement

There will be overnight lane closures on A11 in Cambridgeshire so barrier replacement work can be carried out safely.

The work, which will involve taking down the old central reserve barrier, and installing a new one, will take place between the A11/A14 junction and the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border, near Red Lodge, from Monday 9 November until before Christmas.

During the work, lane 2 of the A11 will be closed in both directions weeknights only between 8pm and 6am.

A47 Peterborough: surveys

We are carrying out carriageway surveys on the A47 Eyegreen to Oversley Lodge in Peterborough overnight from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 November. During the work, there will be 2 way traffic lights on the A47.

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 on 26 October 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 M1 at junction 13

Work to install new road markings on the M1 junction 13 southbound exit slip road. The slip road will be closed to complete the works and traffic will be diverted via M1 junction 4, A509, A4146, A421 back to M1 junction 13.

Work on the A421 Salford Road

Work to install new weight limit and directional signs on the A421. A combination of lane closures and carriageway closures will be required to complete the works. When the A421 eastbound is closed traffic will be diverted via A421 westbound, A4146, A509 and M1 junction 13. When Salford Road westbound is closed traffic will be diverted via A421, A5130 and Broughton Road. When the A421 westbound exit slip road is closed traffic will be diverted via A421 eastbound to Husborne Crawley.

Work on the A5 between Little Brickhill and Hockliffe

Work to resurface the carriageway, laybys and replace road markings on the A5 is taking place between Sheep Lane roundabout and Hockliffe. The A5 will be closed in both directions between the A5 at Sheep Lane roundabout and the A5/A505 roundabout and traffic will be diverted via the A505, A4146 and A5. Local residents who require access will be escorted past the roadworks.

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.

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

On the A5 and A505 roundabout there will be 3 way traffic lights Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November between 8pm and 6am.

On the A5120 Bedford Road and Sundon Road (East of the M1) there will be 2 way traffic lights on Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

On Luton Road (B579) there will be 2 way traffic lights on Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November between 10am and 3pm.

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

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.

From Monday 2 November, we are carrying out some finishing off work around the scheme, mainly landscaping. While we carry out this work, there will be some overnight east or westbound slip road closures at junctions 32 and 31 between 8pm and 6am, with clearly signed diversions.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme: topographical surveys

We are carrying out topographical surveys for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme between 19 October 2015 and 19 January 2016.

Surveys will be taking place along the whole of the proposed scheme route, including 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.

Lane closures are currently scheduled overnight on:

  • Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 November: A14 westbound between junction 33 (Milton) and junction 32 (Histon)
  • Wednesday 11 November: A1 northbound between Brampton Hut and Alconbury and A14 between junction 23 and 24 (Huntingdon)
  • Thursday 12 and Friday 13 November: A14 eastbound between junction 32 (Histon) and junction 33 (Milton)

Further surveys are planned and information will be shared when available.

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 is completed.
Work to install steel structures on the viaduct approaches was completed on 6 November.

All site work is carried out off-line 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 web 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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Published 6 November 2015