A47 Guyhirn junction near Wisbech (completed)

We have completed our work to improve the A47 Guyhirn junction near Wisbech. We have increased the size of the roundabout to ease congestion and cope with increasing traffic levels. The Nene Bridge was also widened.

Start date February 2021
End date Completed May 2022
Cost £17 million

Latest updates

  • 27 June 2024

    A47 Guhirn to Wisbech resurfacing

    We’re doing resurfacing work along the A47 between Rings End roundabout at Guyhirn and Redmoor Lane roundabout at Wisbech.

    Once complete, drivers will benefit from a safer, smoother and better-defined road surface.

    We plan to complete this work over two nights from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 July 2024. We will work between 8pm and 6am, weather conditions permitting


    To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the A47 between Rings End roundabout Redmoor Lane roundabout, and divert traffic as detailed below:

    Traffic wishing to travel eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A47 at Rings End onto the A141 towards Chatteris and A142 towards Ely. Then follow the A10 towards Downham Market and join the A1122 and A1101 Elm High Road towards Wisbech, before re-joining the A47.

    Westbound traffic will be diverted south from the A47 at Redmoor Lane roundabout onto the A1101 Elm High Road and A1122 towards Downham Market. Then follow the A10 towards Ely and join the A142 to Chatteris then the A141 towards Guyhirn, before re-joining the A47.

  • 06 November 2023

    A47 Guyhirn (Gull Road) resurfacing

    We plan to complete this work over 5 nights between Monday 20 and Friday 24 November 2023.

    We will work between 8pm to 6am, weather conditions permitting.

    Closures and diversions

    To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the A47 from New Cut Roundabout to Rings End Roundabout, in both directions, and divert traffic as below:

    A47 eastbound traffic will be diverted west from New Cut Roundabout via the Thorney Bypass towards Eye. At the Littlewood Roundabout join the A1139 south towards the Eye Roundabout and continue south on Frank Perkins Parkway/Fletton Parkway. Exit at junction 3A onto the A605 towards Cardea and continue along the A605 and A141 to rejoin the A47 at Rings End Roundabout.

    Westbound traffic will follow the same diversion in reverse.

    Local traffic will be diverted north on Gull Road/B1187, then west along Gull Drove and south along Black Drove to re-join the A47.

  • 08 June 2023

    A47 Guyhirn bus stops improvements

    We are undertaking a project to make public transport more accessible for people in rural communities and improve connectivity.

    This is separate from our improvements at Guyhirn junction on the A47. But will require closures in the same area.

    Work is planned to begin on Tuesday 13 June and will take around three weeks to complete.

    All work will be carried out on weeknights between 8pm and 6am, weather permitting.

    Closures and diversions

    To carry out the work safely, we will need to occasionally close the A47 in both directions between New Cut Roundabout, Thorney and Guyhirn Roundabout.

    There will be:

    • Temporary traffic lights in place between Gull Road and Guyhirn Roundabout from Tuesday 13 to Tuesday 20 June
    • A full closure between New Cut Roundabout, Thorney and Guyhirn Roundabout from Wednesday 21 to Thursday 22 June
    • Temporary traffic lights in place between Gull Road and Guyhirn Roundabout from Friday 23 to Friday 30 June
    • Full closure of the A47 between New Cut Roundabout, Thorney and Guyhirn Roundabout from Monday 3 to Tuesday 4 July

    When the A47 is closed, traffic will be diverted westbound via the A47, A605, A1139 and A15 before re-joining the A47 at junction 20, Peterborough. Eastbound traffic will follow the same diversion in reverse.

  • 03 October 2022

    Temporary three-way traffic lights at Guyhirn

    We’ll be carrying out essential maintenance work between Fen Road (A47), South Brink (A47), and March Road (A141) at Guyhirn.

    From Friday 23 September to Friday 7 October between 8pm to 6am, there will be lane closures and three-way traffic lights in place so we can safely carry out the work.

    A diversion for pedestrians will also be in place using the existing pathway around the construction works.

  • 07 July 2022

    Temporary roadworks planned to the A47 Guyhirn junction

    We’ll be carrying out some essential maintenance works at the A47 Guyhirn junction.

    Work to install street lighting and complete the installation of the bridge joint at the eastern end of the newly-named Tiddy Mun bridge will take place over five nights from Monday 11 July to Saturday 16 July 2022.

    Three-way temporary traffic lights will be in place between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding while we carry out this work.  

Project information

Give us your feedback

Visit our A47 Guyhirn feedback tool to have your say. The tool includes an interactive map. You can click on a location to make a specific comment, or give us your general feedback.

ECHO is a one-way feedback tool, so if you’d like a response to your feedback you can email the project team at A47GuyhirnJunctionRIS@nationalhighways.co.uk.

Map of A47 Guyhirn Junction

You can also find out more about the project and upcoming our closures by visiting our virtual exhibition.

We’re improving the A47 in six places between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth as part of a £300 million-plus investment, including the Guyhirn junction.

We’ve now finished our changes to the Guyhirn junction near Wisbech, between the A47 (Fen Road to South Brink) and the A141 (March Road). This stretch of road is used by over 20,000 vehicles a day and experiences high levels of congestion. The junction improvements aimed to reduce congestion, improve journey times and increase safety.

Our project on the Guyhirn junction increased the size of the roundabout by creating two lanes on all approaches to the roundabout. This included an additional lane over the existing carriageway on the River Nene Bridge. We also carried out additional bridge maintenance on the River Nene bridge.

Following our Preferred Route Announcement (PRA) in 2017, we undertook a variety of technical and traffic surveys to help us finalise our design for the project. As part of that, we made some changes to our design which means it now falls within the existing highway boundary. This meant that we did not need to obtain planning permission as we originally thought, saving time and enabling us to start work earlier than originally planned.


This scheme was done to:

  • improve safety and reduce collisions
  • support future employment and housing developments
  • increase capacity at the junctions and improve traffic flow
  • reduce delays and make journey times more reliable
  • improve connectivity for local people living and working near the scheme
  • improve amenities for cyclists and pedestrians

A47 Guyhirn junction improvement - 13 March 2017 to 21 April 2017

During construction, our aim is to provide a safe environment for all those working on or travelling through our roadworks, while keeping delays to a minimum. To help that, we’ll have the following in place:

Narrow lanes

To keep traffic moving, we’ll keep all the lanes on the road open but reduce the width of the lanes so we can minimise disruption to motorists.

Speed limit

We will put in place a temporary 30mph speed limit through the roadworks for safety reasons.

Temporary roundabouts

We will install a temporary smaller roundabout at Guyhirn junction which will help keep traffic moving whilst we construct the larger improved roundabout.

Diversions for road closures south of Guyhirn roundabout

A47 west closed:

Head west on the A47 until the A1139. Join the A1139 and travel south to the A605. Follow the A605 and travel east until the A141 and head north until re-joining with the A47.

A47 east closed:

Head south on the A141 and then exit to the A605 and travel west to the A1139. Follow the A1139 heading north until re-joining the A47.

Diagram of diversions for road closures South of Guyhirn roundabout

Diversions for road closures to north and west of Guyhirn roundabout

A47 north closed:

Head west on the A47 until the A16. Join the A16 and travel north to the A151. Join the A151 heading east until the A17, join the A17 and travel east and then re-join the A47.

A47 south closed:

Head north on A47 until the A17. Join the A17 and travel west until the A151. Follow the A151 West to the A16, join the A16 and travel south until you re-join the A47.

Diagram of diversions for road closures to North and West of Guyhirn roundabout

Working hours

To allow us to complete our work efficiently and limit disruption to traffic, we’ll be working during both day and night time from Mondays to Saturdays and occasionally on some Sundays.

Our daytime work hours will be between 7.00am and 7.00pm. Our night time hours will be between 8.00pm and 6.00am when there is less traffic.

Public footpaths

We will keep public footpaths open for walkers and cyclists, although we’ll need to make some slight changes to the existing routes.


We will remove the existing streetlights and replace them with temporary lights throughout the construction period, to help maintain safety for all road users.


At times, some of our work will be noisy. We’re working closely with local communities who may be affected to manage this wherever possible, particularly around Old March Road. Towards the end of the project, we’ll build a permanent acoustic and light barrier at the south side of the roundabout adjacent to Old March Road.


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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