A47 Wansford to Sutton dualling

We’re upgrading the A47 between Wansford and Sutton to dual carriageway to improve safety and ease congestion.

Start date January - March 2023
End date 2024-25
Cost £50 million - £100 million

Latest updates

  • 15 July 2022

    Temporary roadworks planned to the A47 bridge near Sutton Heath junction

    We’re continuing with surveys around the A47 bridge near Sutton Heath junction in Wansford to better understand the land conditions, to help develop the scheme.

    Work will take place overnight from Monday 1 August until Saturday 6 August 2022 between the hours of 8pm to 6am, with three-way temporary traffic lights in place.

    This will be followed by further overnight work from Monday 8 August until Saturday 20 August 2022 between the hours of 8pm to 6am, with two-way traffic lights in place east and westbound between Wansford and Sutton.

    We apologise for the change in schedule to this work. This is due to resource issues which needed to be resolved before we could safely carry out the work.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  • 12 July 2022

    Examination is now closed

    The Development Consent Order (DCO) examination for the A47 Wansford to Sutton dualling scheme closed on 11 July 2022.

    The Planning inspectorate will now prepare a report, including a recommendation, within three months of the close of examination and send this to the relevant Secretary of State.

    The Secretary of State then has a further three months to make the decision on whether to grant or refuse the DCO.

    For more information on the DCO process, our application or to sign up for updates please visit our scheme page on the Planning Inspectorate website.

  • 15 June 2022

    Addendum to the Environmental Statement

    We have recently carried out a review of the potential effects of the scheme on the environment during construction and have decided to extend the assessment period of the Environmental Statement to 28 months.

    We have notified the Planning Inspectorate and have produced an ‘Addendum to the Environmental Statement’, which can be found here. While the reviews shows that there’ll be no significant environmental consequences, should you wish to have your say on the minor change, please send your comments by 27 June 2022 via;

    You can view other documents for our A47 Wansford to Sutton Development Consent Order application on the PINS website.

  • 30 May 2022

    Have your say – minor changes to the scheme

    We have carried out a detailed review of construction phasing requirements for the scheme, and notified the Planning Inspectorate we intend to make some minor changes to the scheme before the end of the Examination (July 2022).  

    The changes include:

    • A minor realignment of the new link road from the A47 Wansford eastern roundabout to the new A47 westbound off slip to the north.
    • Modification of access to Sacrewell Farm.
    • Shortening of the cycle route at the eastern extent of scheme and provision of new footpaths.

    Please send any comments on the proposed changes by 13 June 2022:

    For more information on the DCO process, our application or to sign up for updates please visit the scheme page on the Planning Inspectorate website.

  • 25 April 2022

    Survey work complete

    Our ground investigation surveys which started in March are now complete.

    The bore hole surveys which took place on several parcels of land to understand the ground conditions will inform our designs as we move to the next stage of the improvement scheme.

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

  • 02 February 2022

    Survey work taking place

    We’re carrying out some survey work in the area over the next seven weeks. Although the work is being carried out off the road, you may see our operatives at work in the neighbouring fields.

    These surveys, which will help us to better understand the ground conditions and inform our designs as we move to the next stage of this A47 improvement, are not the start of construction.

  • 22 October 2021

    Planning Inspectorate acceptance of scheme submission

    Planning Inspectorate acceptance of scheme submission

    Our Development Consent Order Application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in July 2021 and was accepted in August 2021, allowing us to progress through to examination.

    The Section 56 Notice notified the public that the A47 Wansford to Sutton Development Consent Order application has been accepted for examination. View the Section 56 Notice.

    The next steps in the process can be found on the Planning Inspectorate's website.

    More information is available on the A47 Wansford to Sutton Planning Inspectorate’s web page.

  • 02 August 2021

    DCO planning application has been submitted

    On 5 July 2021, we submitted our application for development consent. On 2 August, the Planning Inspectorate accepted the application for examination.

    The application includes a consultation report which features a summary of responses and describes which suggestions we were able to incorporate and demonstrates how we have listened to feedback.

    Our application for development consent is available for the public to view on the Planning Inspectorate’s website. The next step will be the relevant representation period, which is when the public can register to make comments.

    Please watch our video for more information on the Development Consent process.

  • 03 December 2020

    Thanks for your feedback

    Following our recent project update, we would like to thank all those who have given feedback. Your comments are all being reviewed and will help inform any refinements to our proposals. We continue to engage with local authorities and parish councils.

  • 15 October 2020

    We’ve updated our scheme design proposals

    In 2018 we held a statutory consultation. We received over 680 replies. We have analysed all the responses and engaged with key stakeholders. As a result of that feedback, we are proposing changes to the design. Our new proposal includes an alternative northern route at the eastern end between Sutton Heath Road and the A47/Nene junction. Details can be found in our project update brochure.

    Our proposal is for a 1.6-mile new stretch of dual carriageway which largely follows the existing A47 at the Wansford end, crossing to the north and running parallel to the existing A47. There will be a dedicated slip road from the A1 southbound to the A47 eastbound to alleviate congestion at the junction. The existing single carriageway for westbound traffic across the A1 bridge at Wansford will be kept the same. We’re also proposing improvements to the roundabouts at Wansford. 

    We have compared our latest proposed design against the 2018 design and have considered environmental and economic factors, as well as the complexity of the scheme construction, and traffic levels. You can read about the comparisons in the scheme Design Development Report

    We will be continuing to undertake survey works in the area as we head towards finalising our planning application. 

    View the scheme design diagram.

  • 20 May 2020

    Surveys taking place from May 2020

    We are undertaking important surveys and archaeological trial trenching from May 2020. You can expect to see survey vehicles and equipment in operation, but please note that this is not the start of any construction work.

    The investigations will help us understand the significance of the archaeological resource and inform how we can avoid and/or minimise any harm through design and mitigation. The surveys are critical in ensuring we limit our impact on the historic environment by fully recording all archaeological sites appropriately. The results of assessments will be reported in our Environmental Statement and are a normal part of the development consent process.

    A good, early understanding of the unique relationship between our scheme and the historic environment will help us to avoid any unexpected surprises and unnecessary delays once construction starts. This approach means we can develop a plan to allow mitigation works and development to coincide on site once the project is given the go-ahead.

    Public consultation took place between September and October 2018. Thank you to everybody who took part and completed the feedback form. Where appropriate, we’ll use the feedback to make further refinements to the scheme design and development of mitigation measures.

    We'll publish a consultation report when we make our application for planning consent (Development Consent Order). This will feature a summary of responses and will describe how our proposals have been informed by and influenced by them.

Project information


Our proposal is for a new stretch of dual carriageway which largely follows the existing A47 at the Wansford end, crossing to the north and running parallel to the existing A47 after the Scheduled Monument. There will also be a dedicated slip road from the A1 southbound to the A47 eastbound to alleviate congestion at the junction. 

The existing single carriageway for westbound traffic across the A1 bridge at Wansford will be kept the same. There will be a new southern arm coming from the eastern Wansford roundabout for the filling station and access to Sacrewell Farm. 

The Nene roundabout will be relocated further to the west, close to the current Sutton Heath Road junction. 

The village of Upton will now access the A47 via Sutton Heath Road, joining at the new roundabout.  The existing A47 will be kept for local access to Sutton village. 

The revised proposals that we intend to submit for planning approval include alterations to the roundabouts at Wansford. Improvements at the Western Wansford roundabout will include an improved entry from the A1 northbound slip road, an improved exit to the A47 eastbound, a new left turn lane between A1 northbound slip road and the A47 eastbound, rather than a merged lane and a new cycle crossing on the A47 west of the Wansford roundabouts, removing cycles from the A1 bridge. 

Improvements at the Eastern Wansford roundabout will include an enlarged roundabout and a new lane to the south of the roundabout, providing access to the filling station and to Sacrewell Farm under the new A47. 

The latest proposed design also includes the removal of the bus stop and the direct road access to the A1 from the properties adjacent to Windgate Way due to the close proximity to the proposed southbound A1-A47 slip road; the Sutton Drift will be closed to vehicles; a new walking and cycling route will pass under the A47 at the existing Sutton Heath junction and a straight link road will be formed from the relocated A47 Sutton roundabout, linking into the existing Sutton Heath Road at its junction with Langley Bush Road. 

Upton Road will no longer be directly accessed from the A47. New passing places will be discussed with the local authority. 

This project aims to:

  • improve road safety for all road users, including a safer route between local communities for cyclists, pedestrians, equestrians and other non-motorised users
  • contribute to sustainable economic growth by supporting opportunities for employment and residential developments
  • reduce congestion delays, making journey times more reliable and increasing the overall road capacity of the A47

A47 Wansford to Sutton Dualling - Statutory Consultation - 18 September 2018 to 12 November 2018

A47 Wansford to Sutton dualling - 13 March 2017 to 21 April 2017


Traffic information

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

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