A47 Guyhirn junction

We’re improving the A47 Guyhirn junction by increasing the size of the roundabout to ease congestion and cope with increasing traffic levels.

Start date February - March 2021
End date 2022-23
Cost Up to £25 million

Latest updates

  • 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.  

  • 13 May 2022

    A47 Guyhirn junction officially opened

    Aerial view of new roundabout showing the renamed bridge

     

    The A47 Guyhirn junction was officially opened by Baroness Vere, Under-Secretary of State for Transport and Downing Street chief of Staff Stephen Barclay this morning.

    The £17m scheme marks the beginning of six significant schemes and almost half a billion pounds of investment we’re making to improve the 115-mile route between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth.

    Ava McCulloch – a 13 year old local schoolgirl – was also present as the winner of a competition to rename the Nene Bridge, which has been widened with an additional lane for traffic approaching the Guyhirn junction.

    The new bridge will now be known as the Tiddy Mun Bridge. Tiddy Mun is the name of legendary bog spirit who was believed to control the waters and mists of The Fens.

    The main work was completed on the £17m year-long project at the end of March which has seen the junction enlarged with additional approach lanes.

    To read more about the improvements we've made at this junction and the work we did with local communities, you can read our newsletter here.

    To find out more about our plans to improve other sections of the A47, please visit: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/east/a47-corridor-improvement-programme/

    Please note that from Thursday 19 May we’ll be replacing street lighting along the A47 west of Guyhirn roundabout as part of our ongoing maintenance work. This will require some overnight closures. Find out more: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/east/east-road-maintenance-work/

  • 31 March 2022

    A47 Guyhirn junction is now open

    Work to increase the size of the roundabout by creating two lanes on all approaches and widening the existing carriageway on the River Nene Bridge has now finished.

    Map showing changes to junction

    We've also improved the pedestrian crossings and footpaths between March Road, Guyhirn village and local amenities and carried out additional bridge maintenance.

    These changes will improve congestion, journey times, and increase safety.

    The scheme is the first of six to be completed, as part of the A47 improvement programme between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth. Find out more about our other schemes here.

  • 24 January 2022

    Bin your bra! Appeal launched in aid of breast cancer research

    We've partnered with Against Breast Cancer charity to help raise funds for breast cancer research and to support developing countries in Africa and around the world. 

    You can visit our A47 Guyhirn scheme compound during office hours (PE13 4DA) and leave any unwanted bras at the gate to be put into a special bra bin. Alternatively, you can donate to the charity, texting TEXTTRY to 70085 to donate £5 (or TEXTTRY10 for £10 and TEXTTRY20 for £20). 

    The donated bras will help support small businesses in developing countries such as Ghana and Kenya, where they're expensive to produce, instead of going to landfill. For every tonne of bras donated, Against Breast Cancer receives £700 to fund its research. 

    The UK has 55,920 cases of breast cancer every year, with 11,547 dying from the illness. More than three quarters of sufferers survive breast cancer, and a quarter of cases are preventable. Find out more about Against Breast Cancer here.

  • 21 December 2021

    Competition launched to name bridge over River Nene

    Children in the East of England are being asked to get creative and to share their ideas for the name of a bridge on the A47 which runs over the River Nene, in Cambridgeshire.

    The bridge is being refurbished as part of the A47 Guyhirn upgrade, with local youngsters aged 4-16 years old from schools and youth groups being asked to share their ideas for what the bridge could be called.

    Entrants have until Friday 11 February to share their creative and imaginative name for the bridge, along with a short explanation of their choice, with the winner getting a One for all £25 voucher in addition to seeing their chosen name on the plaque at the bridge.

    Competition rules and how to enter:

    • Entrants need to email a47news@gallifordtry.co.uk with their name, address, a parental contact number and their suggested bridge name.
    • School classes can submit several entries on one email.
    • The competition is open to those aged between four and 16 around the Peterborough area. Entries close on Friday 11 February 2022.
    • Entrants cannot be a direct relative of anyone working at National Highways, Sweco or Galliford Try.
    • No offensive or inappropriate names will be accepted.
    • The team of judges’ decision is final.
    • There is only one entry per person.
    • The winner will be invited to take part in a photocall for local media.

  • 10 August 2021

    Meet the team

    We’re hosting a virtual event on on Monday 16 August between 7pm and 8pm. This event will be a Microsoft Teams meeting where our team will provide an update on the works and be available to answer your questions.

    If you’d like to attend, please email:

    A47GuyhirnJunctionRIS@highwaysengland.co.uk to register, we’ll then confirm the booking and send you more information about how to join.

  • 19 April 2021

    We value 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. 

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

    If you require a direct response, please email us at: A47GuyhirnJunctionRIS@nationalhighways.co.uk 

  • 09 April 2021

    Work gets under way

    Project update

    We started work in February on our project to increase the size of the roundabout at Guyhirn junction. We’ve started with our vegetation clearance adjacent to the Guyhirn roundabout at Old March Road, ahead of starting main construction work in April 2021.

    In April we started our overnight work on the A47 Guyhirn junction carriageway. This work included removing streetlights and modifying the current roundabout and crossing points. For safety reasons we have reduced the speed limit to 30mph and introduced traffic lights during overnight works. We remain on target with our planned works.

    We’re aiming to complete the main construction work in April 2022.

    In the meantime, we have launched a virtual exhibition area where you can find out more about the project and see regular updates during its construction. 

    Road closures

    For the safety of the public and our workers, we will need some lane closures (8.00pm – 6.00am) between 12 April to 30 April 2021 inclusive. Traffic will still be able to use the junction and there will be temporary traffic lights and road markings.

    During these dates we will be temporarily removing the existing ‘keep left’ bollard and the island kerb at the exit of Gull Road/A47. Removing these will allow traffic to turn right when the roundabout is closed for our work. Changing the turning out of Gull Road will help reduce congestion during the roadworks. In addition, we’ll put in safety barriers so that we can start removing the existing roundabout.

    Overnight road closures

    We’re now planning to carry out the following overnight road closures during May 2021:

    • We will need to close A47/Fenn Road from the existing Guyhirn roundabout to Gull Road/A47 junction between 8.00pm and 6.00am over two nights.
    • We will need to close the A141 entrance and exit on the Guyhirn roundabout between 8.00pm and 6.00am for one night.
    • We will advertise the closure dates on signs at the roadside two weeks ahead of the closures to give drivers advanced notice.

    Traffic diversions will be in place when the road is closed - view the routes in the Traffic management section below.

    Stay informed

    You can read more about the project in our Winter 2020 information leaflet and find information about the traffic management in place in the section below.

    You can also sign up for updates on this webpage or subscribe to a text messaging service by texting ‘A47Guyhirn’ to ‘88802’. This text service can be configured to your requirements to share key information with you about upcoming road closures or key construction 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’ll be making changes to the Guyhirn junction between the A47 (Fen Road to South Brink) and the A141 (March Road) which is used by over 20,000 vehicles a day and experiences high levels of congestion. The junction improvements aim to reduce congestion, improve journey times and increase safety.

Our project on the Guyhirn junction aims to increase the size of the roundabout by creating two lanes on all approaches to the roundabout. This will include an additional lane over the existing carriageway on the River Nene Bridge. Towards the end of the project there may be an opportunity for us to carry 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 this we made some changes to our design which means it now falls within the existing highway boundary. This means that we do not need to obtain planning permission as we originally thought, saving time and enabling us to start work earlier than planned.

 

With this scheme, we’re aiming 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.

Lighting

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

Noise

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.

Documents

Traffic information

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

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