East - Road maintenance work

Road maintenance work taking place in the East region.

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We're refreshing the road markings on the A47 between Links Road Roundabout and Victoria Road Roundabout at Gorleston-on-Sea. Once complete, drivers will benefit from a safer, better-defined road surface.

Work will be carried out in phases, starting from Links Road Roundabout, moving northwards until work is complete at Victoria Road Roundabout.

Access to James Paget Hospital will remain open, either via Brasenose Avenue, Jenner Road or the main entrance via Kennedy Avenue. During the works, vehicles will be able to cross the A47 at Brasenose Avenue / Bridge Road. Temporary signs will be in place to advise of any alternative arrangements.

Closure details

We'll do this work over two weeks between Monday 17 June and Friday 28 June 2024. We will work between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, weather conditions permitting.

 

Details

Diversion

Phase 1

 

Approx. 1 night

Overnight closure of A47 in both directions between Middleton Roundabout and Hopton Roundabout.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A47 onto the A143 westbound (Beccles Road), heading southbound onto the A146 towards Bridge Road, Normanston Drive, Peto Way, Millennium Way, before re-joining the A47 at Corton Roundabout towards Hopton.

 

Westbound traffic will follow the same diversion in reverse (Map 1).

Phase 2

 

Approx. 7 nights

Overnight work will be carried out in sections as shown below. The A47 will be closed in both directions during this work.

  • Links Road Roundabout to Kennedy Avenue / Hospital
  • Kennedy Avenue / Hospital to Brasenose Avenue / Bridge Road 
  • Brasenose Avenue / Bridge Road to Middleton Roundabout

 

 

 

 

Eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A47 onto the A143 westbound (Beccles Road), and Beaufort Way, before re-joining the A47 at Links Road Roundabout.

Westbound traffic will follow the same diversion in reverse (Map 2).

Phase 3

 

Approx. 2 nights

Overnight closure of the A47 in both directions between Middleton Roundabout and Harfrey's Roundabout.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A47 at Harfrey's Roundabout and follow William Adams Way, A143 westbound (Beccles Road), and Beaufort Way, before re-joining the A47 at Links Road Roundabout.

Westbound traffic will follow the same diversion in reverse (Map 3).

Diversions

A47 Middleton Roundabout and Hopton Roundabout eastbound diversion (Map 1): 

A47 eastbound diversion (Map 2): 

A47 eastbound Harfreys Roundabout diversion (Map 3):

A large piece of equipment will be taken from Ipswich Port to National Grid’s substation near Bramford, Suffolk. This is essential transformer equipment which will allow the National Grid to provide renewable energy to homes and businesses.

The load weighs over 470 tonnes and is over 76 metres long. Due to its size, the lorry moving it will be escorted by the police, who will need to temporarily hold traffic to allow the convoy to safely progress. The convoy will move very slowly while it is on the road.

Due to the complexity of moving equipment of this size, there will be disruption on the A14 on the following dates, so please plan ahead:

  • Sunday 23 June
  • Sunday 30 June
  • Sunday 7 July
  • Sunday 14 July

On those dates, the vehicles are expected to leave the Port of Ipswich at around 8am and will make their way to join the A14 at junction 56, before joining the A14 and travelling to junction 55.

The convoy will then use the A14 between junction 55 and 56, before leaving to use local roads. The A14 between junctions 55 and 56 eastbound will be fully closed while the convoy is on the carriageway.

These vehicles are expected to leave the A14 around 12pm, at which point the road will fully reopen. Please note, all timings are subject to change depending on progress.

To ensure there are no hold-ups, there will be some activities carried out ahead of the  convoy, which includes the removal of carriageway signage.

To follow the progress of the convoy along the A14, please follow us at HighwaysEAST on X.

Find out more about which local roads will also be affected to move the equipment on the Sottish Power website.

After recent work to upgrade the A47 LED street lighting in Peterborough between junctions 15 and 20, we plan to carry out further lighting upgrades on the A47 between Welland Road Roundabout, Peterborough, and New Cut Roundabout, Thorney.

The specific locations will include:

  • Welland Road Roundabout
  • Littlewood Roundabout
  • Eye Green Roundabout
  • Oversley Lodge Roundabout, Thorney
  • Thorney Roundabout
  • New Cut Roundabout, Thorney

LED lights are better for the environment and use far less energy to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer and require less maintenance, meaning fewer road closures to fix lighting in the future.  

Our work will start on Tuesday 28 May, with working hours of 8pm to 6am, working both weekday and weekend nights, as detailed below.

Work dates

  • Tuesday 28 May to Friday 31 May
  • Saturday 8 June to Saturday 15 June

Closures and diversions 

To do this work, we need to close the A47 between junction 20, Peterborough and New Cut Roundabout, Thorney. However, when we need to work on New Cut Roundabout, we will need to close as far as Guyhirn Roundabout. We expect this closure of New Cut Roundabout to take place during our final two nights of work.

Whilst the A47 is closed, traffic will be diverted in both directions between the A47 at junction 20 and Guyhirn Roundabout, via Frank Perkins Parkway, Fletton Parkway, A605 and A141.

Further to our work in late 2023 where we resurfaced parts of the A47 just outside of Vauxhall Holiday Park, we need to revisit the area to do some remedial work to bring the road surface up to the required standard.

We plan to complete this work over ten nights between Monday 3 June and Friday 14 June. We will work between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, weather conditions permitting. 

Closures and diversions

For safety reasons, we will need to close A47 between Acle Roundabout and Vauxhall Roundabout to do this work.

Whilst the A47 is closed, eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A47 at Trowse Newton to travel southbound on the A146. Traffic will then join the A143 at Gillingham to re-join the A47 at Beccles Road, A47 interchange. 

Traffic heading westbound will follow the same diversion as above but in reverse.  

 

We have some road closures taking place on the A47 near Honingham during June.

Due to the substantial rainfall experienced in recent months, the A47 at Honingham has flooded multiple times, leading to several emergency closures. We will be installing a tank to reduce the risk of flooding on the A47. In preparation for this work, we’ll be installing a concrete base which will require a number of days to set before we can install the tank.

Due to further weather delays the concrete base for the tank was postponed and will now be installed on 9 June, and the flood tank on 16 June. To install the base and the tank, the A47 at Honingham will be fully closed overnight from 8pm to 6am. From 17 to 21 June, there will be lane closures overnight from 8pm to 6am.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted to A47 Thickthorn, A11 Barton Mills, A1065 to Swaffham. Westbound traffic will follow the diversion in reverse. See diversion map below.  

Drivers should allow extra time during their journeys and should follow the diversion routes signposted.

Diversion map

Following work to alleviate flooding caused by high groundwater levels, the National Highways team will implement three overnight closures, starting on Monday 10 June.

Since flooding began in March, over 15 million litres of water have been extracted from the A14 at junction 37, near Newmarket in Suffolk.

Recently, we installed a piezometer, which acts as a warning system by monitoring groundwater levels.

We now need further overnight closures  before the road fully reopens. To safely remove the emergency flood water pumps and reopen lane 1, the A14 eastbound and entry slip to the junction will close from 8pm to 6am on three nights starting on 10 June.

Drivers should allow extra time for their journeys and follow the diversion route: A142 Fordham Road into Newmarket, then A1304 to J38 for the A11. A14 traffic will use the B1506 to J39 Kentford, before rejoining the A14.

We thank motorists and the local community for their patience and cooperation during this period.

From 9pm on Friday 7 June to 5am on Monday 10 June, we'll need a full weekend road closure northbound between junction 6 (Welwyn/The Clock) and junction 7 (Stevenage South/Langley Sidings) in Hertfordshire, with a diversion in place.

Please note that ahead of that work, we have an ongoing lane closure northbound from junction 6 to 7, with a 40mph temporary speed limit in place.

In addition to this work, we are also resurfacing the A1 between A1(M) junction 10 (Stotfold) and the Biggleswade North junction. We currently have overnight northbound closures of the A1 on this scheme. You can find full details and diversions for this work here 

Diversions

A1(M) northbound between junction 6 (Welwyn/The Clock) and junction 8 7 (Stevenage South/Langley Sidings). Drivers will exit the A1(M) at junction 6 to take the A1000 Welwyn Bypass, then B197 London Road northbound through Knebworth, then the A602 westbound to take and re-join the A1(M) at junction 7.

We completed work on the A1 earlier this year, and we’re now planning to return to carry out further work on the northbound and southbound carriageway of the A1 between Wothorpe and Wansford near Peterborough. This will include installing communication equipment and doing road markings. Once complete, drivers will benefit from a better-defined road and safer lay-by.

We plan to complete this work between Wednesday 5 June and Friday 7 June. We will work between 9pm and 5am, weather conditions permitting.

Closures and diversion map

  • Wednesday 5 June, 9pm to 5am: Overnight lane closure on the A1 northbound from Wittering to Racecourse Road.
  • Thursday 7 June to Friday 8 June, 9pm to 5am: Overnight closures of the A1 southbound between A6121/ Tinwell Road and Stamford B1081/ London Road.

Drivers will be diverted via the A606, A6003 and A47 before rejoining the A1 at Wansford. During the southbound closure, traffic will still be able to enter southbound at Wothorpe B1081/ London Road entry slip to access properties along the A1. 

 

We’ll be carrying out urgent patch resurfacing work on the A12 northbound between junctions 19 and 20a. Once complete, drivers will benefit from a safer, smoother and better-defined road surface.

We plan to complete this work over five nights between Monday 20 May to Friday 24 May 2024. We will work between 9pm and 5am, weather conditions permitting.

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the A12 northbound between junctions 19 and 20a, and divert traffic.

Northbound traffic will be diverted off the A12 at junction 19 (Boreham) and travel towards Braintree on the A131, then head eastbound on the A120 and rejoin the A12 at junction 25 (Marks Tey).

Diversions map

 

Emergency closure A1(M) between junctions 6 and 7

Since 21 March, we’ve been carrying out urgent and immediate safety investigations on the A1(M) northbound between junctions 6 (The Clock, Welwyn) and 7 (Langley Sidings/Stevenage South) to determine the full extent of the significant safety defect and to ensure the safety of all road users. 

Our team has taken 45 core samples of the road between 5m and 18m deep. Each 5m cores takes about 1 hour to probe the core and then reinstate it. The team is currently finalising a solution to rectify the defect. 

Closures 

The A1M northbound carriageway will be completely closed between junctions 6 and 7, starting from 9pm on Thursday 28th March 2024 until 6am on Saturday 30th March. 

On the A1M Southbound, the lane 2 only will be closed this Thursday 28 March overnight  from 9pm to 6am. 

Once completed we will be able to fully reopen the road.

Diversions.

Whilst the A1(M) is closed, traffic will be diverted from the A1(M) northbound at junction 6, onto the A1000 Welwyn Bypass Road then onto the B197 Great North Road, towards Knebworth. Follow the B197 to the A602 Monkswood Way Roundabout and then take the first exit onto the A602 before rejoining the A1(M) at junction 7.

Drivers should allow extra time for their journeys and follow the official signed diversion route.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and we apologise for any noise and disturbance caused by our work.

A1M J6 to J7 diversion map
A1M J6 to J7 diversion map

We're doing urgent resurfacing work on the M1 southbound between junctions 14 and 13.

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

We plan to complete this work over 13 nights between Monday 4 March and Monday 18 March 2024, including the weekend of Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March. We will work between 10pm and 5am, weather conditions permitting.  

Closures and diversions 

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the M1 southbound between junctions 14 and 13.

Drivers will be diverted off the M1 at junction 14 onto the H6 Childs Way (A509) to Fox Milne Roundabout. At the roundabout take the first exit onto the A4146 (Tongwell Street). At Standing Way Roundabout take the first exit onto the A421 before rejoining the M1 at junction 13.

 

We’re planning on resurfacing of a small section of the A47 westbound, east of Walton Highway Roundabout. Once complete, drivers will benefit from a safer, smoother and better-defined road surface.

We plan to complete this work over five nights from Monday 11 March 2024. We will work between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, weather conditions permitting.

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the dualled section of A47 westbound between Terrington St John and Walton Highway roundabout.

Traffic will be diverted from A47 westbound at Terrington St John to take Church Lane, Main Road/Lynn Road, before re-joining the A47 westbound at Walton Highway Roundabout.

We plan to carry out essential safety improvement works on the A47 Acle Straight, just outside Vauxhall Holiday Park, between Acle and Great Yarmouth.

The work will include road markings and resurfacing the carriageway. 

Once complete, drivers will benefit from a safer, smoother and better-defined road surface and will ensure the A47 continues to remain in a safe and serviceable condition.

During November 2023, we iesurfaced parts of the A47, just outside of Vauxhall Holiday Park.

We need to revisit the area to undertake some more work to bring the surface of the road up to the required standard. 

We plan to complete this work over five nights between Monday 18 March and Friday 22 March 2024.  

We will work between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, weather conditions permitting.   

Diversion 

Whilst the A47 is closed, eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A47 at Trowse Newton to travel southbound on the A146. Traffic will then join the A143 at Gillingham to re-join the A47 at Beccles Road, A47 interchange. 

Traffic heading westbound will follow the same diversion as above but in reverse.  

As part of our effort to cut carbon emissions from road lighting, we’re upgrading street lighting to LED lights which are more efficient and greener. We'll be changing to LED lights at M1 junction 9 (Watery Lane) from Friday 22 March 2024 to Friday 29 March 2024.   

LED lights are better for the environment because:

  • they use far less energy to produce the same amount of light as conventional lamps
  • they last longer and require less maintenance, meaning fewer road closures for repairs.

Diversion route

We will be doing essential structure maintenance, including resurfacing, bridge joints repair and road marking on the A14 westbound between junctions 55 to 54. This will ensure the A14 continues to remain in a safe and serviceable condition.

Closures 

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the A14 westbound between junctions 55 and 54 over 5 nights between Monday 19 and Saturday 24 February 2024. We will work between 8pm and 6am, including Saturday, weather permitting.

Diversions

Drivers will leave the A14 at the junction 55 westbound exit slip road at the Copdock Interchange. At the interchange, take the third exit onto the A1214 and turn left on to A1071 to the Swan Hill Roundabout. At the roundabout take the third exit onto the B1133 and continue on the B1133 through Sproughton and Bramford before re-joining to A14 at junction 52.

We have worked with Sproughton Parish Council to reduce the impact of traffic passing through Sproughton village.

We are introducing temporary four-way traffic signals at the High Street. Signs will remind drivers of the speed limit and that they are in a residential area.

Additionally, we will place three safety camera vans at key locations to monitor vehicle speeds. We will also install air quality and noise monitoring equipment for a period of two weeks.

 

During February, a lorry overturned, went through the central reservation and and hit a bridge southbound between junction 21 and 22 at Witham in Essex, causing extensive damage. 

Due to the extent of the barrier damage caused by the collision, permanent repairs are needed before the A12 can be fully reopened.

The bridge has been inspected and is safe, but we have had to install temporary barriers whilst we do the repairs needed to the bridge column. 

There is currently a 50 mph speed restriction, which is the highest safe speed for road users based on our guidance.  

We apologise for any delays this may cause, and ask you to add an extra 10 minutes to your journey time. 

Specialist parts are needed to repair the barrier that will take some time to be manufactured. So we expect the speed restrictions and temporary safety barriers will be in place whilst we do the full bridge repairs. 

Thank you for your patience.

We are continuing our work to install a new drainage system on the A14 at junction 51. The westbound entry slip road to the A14 at junction 51 often floods with surface water during heavy rain. We are working to improve the stormwater drainage system to help the road cope with the risk of flooding. 

We’re adding extra drainage and soakaways. To do this, the verge will need be widened and other changes made. 

Once done, the road will be able to better disperse surface water and will be less prone to flooding.

To reduce the impact on the local area, we’re carrying out the work in three phases. Phases 1 and 2 are now complete.

Phase 3 - junction 51 westbound entry slip road closures from Thursday 4 January to Friday 2 February (22 nights) between 8pm and 6am.

Traffic wishing to join the A14 westbound will be diverted to follow Kettle Lane/B1078 towards Beacon Hill Interchange (junction 51) and join the A14 eastbound. Exit at junction 52, then re-join the A14 westbound.

We will be operating temporary 2-way traffic signals on Kettle Lane on Thursday 4 January to Friday 12 January (7 nights), between 8pm and 6am.

We plan to carry out resurfacing work on the A14 eastbound near junction 17, Leighton Bromswold junction between Thrapston and Brampton Hut. This will ensure the A14 continues to remain in a safe and serviceable condition.

We plan to complete this work over five nights, between Monday 22 January and Friday 26 January. Our work will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am, weather permitting.

Closures and access

To safely carry out this work, we will be closing the A14 eastbound between junction 16, Catworth and junction 17, Leighton Bromswold.

During this work, local traffic will still be able to access the A14 eastbound between junctions 14 to 16, and junction 18 onwards.

Diversions

Motorway permitted traffic travelling eastbound will be diverted off the A14 at junction 13 (Thrapston) to join the A605 then the A1(M) at junction 17 and continue to Brampton Hut Interchange to re-join the A14 eastbound.

Any eastbound traffic not permitted for motorway use will be diverted off the A14 at junction 13 (Thrapston) onto the A605, Fletton Parkway and exit at junction 3 onto The Serpentine, A15 (London Road), B1043, A1307 and exit at junction 23 before joining the A141 to Brampton Hut Interchange to continue their journey.

A14 Leighton Bromswold non motorway diversion

A14 Leighton Bromswold motorway diversion

We'll be upgrading to LED street lights, located on the A47 between junction 15 at Nene Parkway and junction 20 at Dogsthorpe roundabout in Peterborough.

 

Work will starts Monday 15 January and last two weeks, until 19 January. We’ll be working overnight from 8pm to 6am on weeknights only.

 

LED lights are better for the environment and use far less energy to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer and require less maintenance, meaning fewer road closures to fix lighting in the future.    

 

Closures and diversions 

To do this work, we need to close the A47 westbound between junctions 15 and 20 at Peterborough. 

 

Whilst the A47 is closed in any section between junctions 15 and 20, traffic will be diverted via Frank Perkins Parkway, Fletton Parkway and Nene Parkway.  

 

 

Future work

In the coming months, we will be upgrading LED streetlights on some entry/exit slip roads between junctions 15 and 20, as well as other locations between junction 20 and Thorney. Details of this work will be publicised once the dates are set.

We'll be resurfacing the M11 junction 10 southbound exit slip road (leading to the A505 and Duxford Imperial War Museum).

To carry out this work safely, we will need to close the M11 overnight as follows:

  • M11 southbound between junctions 11 (Trumpington) and 10 (Duxford), Tuesday 28 November, between 10pm and 5am.
  • M11 junction 10 southbound exit slip road, from Wednesday 29 November to Friday 1 December, between 10pm and 5am.

During these closures, southbound traffic will be directed to exit the M11 at junction 11 (Trumpington), take the A10 southwest to Royston, then the A505 to rejoin the M11 at junction 10.

We’re resurfacing the A5183 Dunstable Road roundabout by the M1 bridge at junction 9 (St Albans North for Flamstead, Harpenden and Herts County Showground). Once complete, drivers will benefit from a safer and better-defined road surface.

We plan to complete this work over 4 nights on Monday 20 November, and then from Wednesday 22 November to Friday 24 November. We will work between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, weather conditions permitting.

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the A5183 (Dunstable Road) in both directions from Harpenden Lane roundabout heading on the west side of the M1, and the M1 junction 9 southbound exit slip road.

  • Traffic wishing to exit the M1 southbound for Redbourn and Harpenden will continue to M1 junction 8 exit and take the A414 westbound, Maylands Avenue and Redbourn Road North and then east to the B487 then the A5183 (map 1).
  • Traffic wishing to enter the M1 southbound will take the M1 northbound to junction 10, exit and return southbound.
  • Local traffic will be diverted west on the A5183 to Luton Road, north on Luton Road and then Markyate Road to Front Street heading east and then south on to Half Moon Lane, then south on the A1081 London Road (map 2).

Redbourn and Harpenden:

A5183 local traffic:

 

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