East - Road maintenance work
Road maintenance work taking place in the East region.
Read about the latest road maintenance work in the east in the 'Project information area' below.
You can more details about the maintenance schemes taking place in the East below:
As part of our effort to cut carbon emissions from roadside lighting, we’re upgrading the streetlights on the A11 Wymondham bypass to LED.
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.
We’re completing these upgrades at Tuttles Lane, Browick Road and Spooner Row Interchanges. To carry out the work safely and to make use of existing roadworks we already have in place to rebuild the A11, this work will be completed in two phases:
Phase 1 - Monday 16 January to Tuesday 28 March 2023
During phase 1, we’ll be replacing the lights on:
• the northbound exit slip road at Browick Road
• the northbound entry slip road at Spooner Row, and
• the northbound entry and exit slip roads at Tuttles Lane Interchange
To do this work safely, we’ll be closing the northbound entry and exit slip roads at Tuttles Lane Interchange on weeknights only, between 8pm to 6am from Monday 16 January until Friday 17 February.
We will also need to close the A11 southbound between the Thickthorn Interchange and Tuttles Lane Interchange on weeknights only between 8pm to 6am until Friday 3 February.
Diversion route for use by local traffic
Southbound traffic from Thickthorn, needing to access Wymondham, will need to use the B1172 through Hethersett from the Thickthorn Interchange.
Local traffic needing to access the A11 southbound from Wymondham, will need to use the B1172, before joining the A11 southbound at the Spooner Row Interchange.
Local traffic needing to access the A11 northbound from Wymondham, will need to use the B1172, before joining the A11 northbound at the Thickthorn Interchange.
Diversion route for use by long distance/through traffic
A11 southbound road users will be invited to travel eastbound on the A47 ahead of joining the A140 towards Ipswich. Traffic will then be invited to travel westbound on the A1066 before re-joining the A11 southbound at Thetford.
Phase 2 - Autumn 2023
During the second phase of this work, we'll be replacing the streetlights on the remaining slip roads and crossings at Browick Road and Spooner Row Interchanges.
We’ll provide information about this work closer to the time, when the details have been confirmed.
We're doing essential safety improvement work on the A47 between Brundall and Acle from 9 October to 10 November 2023.
This work includes improving warning signs, road markings, road studs, vegetation clearance, verge reinstatement and carriageway resurfacing, which will ensure the A47 remains in a safe and serviceable condition. Work will take place at the following locations:
- A47 Brundall roundabout
- A47 eastbound at North Burlingham
- A47 eastbound between North Burlingham and Acle.
We plan to complete this work over five weeks between Monday 9 October and Friday 10 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 A47 and divert traffic as detailed below:
Week 1: Full closure of A47 between Acle roundabout and Postwick interchange, in both directions
Week 2: A47 Eastbound between Postwick interchange and Acle roundabout
Week 3: A47 Westbound between Acle roundabout and Postwick interchange
Week 4: Full closure of A47 between Acle roundabout and Postwick interchange, in both directions
Week 5: Contingency - full closure of A47 between Acle roundabout and Postwick interchange, in both directions if needed.
Strategic 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.
Westbound traffic will follow the same diversion as above but in reverse.
Access to local villages
To minimise disruption on locals, we are taking additional traffic management measures to enable access and egress from local villages. These are listed below:
During weeks 1 and 3-5 of this scheme, despite the A47 being closed westbound at Acle roundabout, westbound traffic will still be able to access the A47 westbound between A47 Acle entry slip and Lingwood Rood. Traffic will reach a ‘hard’ closure point at High Noon Lane, Blofield, meaning access into Blofield and Brundall is maintained.
Whilst work on Brundall roundabout takes place, temporary two-way lights will be stationed between the roundabout approaches at Cucumber Lane and Yarmouth Road, allowing the services to remain open and travel between Brundall and Blofield via Cucumber Lane.
We’re upgrading the LED street lighting, on the A47 at Hardwick roundabout in Kings Lynn.
Work will start on Wednesday 25 October for approximately five weeks. We will be working overnight from 8pm to 6am on weeknights only.
To do the work safely, we will need to have a series of single lane closures on the roundabout itself and on the approaches to the roundabout from the A47.
We are doing this work because 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.
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. Phase 1 is now complete.
Phase 2 – junction 51 westbound entry slip road closures - Monday 27 November to Monday 18 December (16 nights) between 8pm and 6am.
Phase 3 - junction 51 westbound entry slip road closures – Wednesday 3 January to Friday 12 January (8 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 for the first two nights of phase 1 and during the second week of phase 2.
We are doing work to improve the road surface on the A421 near junction 13 of the M1 at Milton Keynes.
The work will take place overnight from 8pm to 6am on 13 to 17 November 2023.
When the A421 is closed:
- non motorway traffic can use the A5 southbound past Little Brickhill, then take the Sheep Lane exit off the roundabout to Woburn, Newport Road, then the B5704 to the A507 then A421/M1 junction 13.
- motorway traffic can take the A4146, Tongwell Steet, Childs Way and then A509 to M1 junction 14, then take the M1 southbound to exit at junction 13 and re-join the A421.
Southbound road closure and diversion
Local traffic diversion
We plan to complete this work over 5 nights between Monday 20 and Friday 24 November. 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 rejoin the A47.
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.
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 plan to complete this work over five nights between Monday 20 November and Friday 24 November 2023. We will work between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, weather conditions permitting.
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:
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.