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:
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.
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.
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're replacing electronic message signs on the M40 southbound and A43 southbound near to the M40 junction 10 by Cherwell Valley services.
Once complete, drivers will benefit from improved real-time information about their journeys.
This work will take place from Monday 29 January through to Friday 2 February 2024.
Closures and diversions
To carry out all work safely, we will need to close the A43 southbound between the A43/A421 Barleymow Roundabout and the Baynards Green Roundabout on Monday 29 January, Tuesday 30 January, and Wednesday 31 January 2024.
All work will be done overnight between 9pm and 5am.
Drivers will be diverted as follows:
- Motorway traffic will exit at the Barleymow Roundabout to head east onto A421 towards Tingewick, then head southbound on the A4421 to Bicester to then continue on the A4421 (Charbridge Lane) and Wretchwick Way to then join the A41 westbound towards Bicester Village. Drivers will then need to take the third exit onto the A41 to rejoin the M40 at junction 9. See map below
- Non-motorway traffic will exit at the Barleymow Roundabout to head east onto A421 towards Tingewick, then head southbound on the A4421 to Bicester, then join the A4095 westbound, to then take the B4100 northbound towards Baynards Green and rejoin the A43. See map below
The A43 northbound will remain open.
When we are working on Wednesday 31 January and Thursday 1 February 2024, the hard shoulder and lanes one and two of the M40 southbound between junctions 11 and 10 will be closed. Lane three will remain open to traffic. Drivers should allow extra time for their journeys.
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.
Unfortunately, due to contractor chain issues, this work has been postponed.
This work will now be rescheduled to a later date, to coordinate with other road works in the region. Once confirmed, we will confirm road closure dates.
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. Temporary signs will be in place to advise of any alternative arrangements.
for around 4 nights
Overnight closure of A47 in both directions between Harfreys Roundabout and Hopton Roundabout.
Local road access between Victoria Roundabout and Middleton Roundabout will still be maintained.
Traffic will be diverted from the A47 at Harfreys Roundabout eastbound via William Adams Way onto the A143 westbound (Beccles Road), heading southbound onto the A146 towards Bridge Road, Normanston Drive, Peto Way, Millennium Way and then re-join the A47 (map 1).
Traffic will be diverted from the A47 onto the A1144 westbound (Normanton Drive), then onto A1117 (Normanston Drive) towards Bridge Road, heading to the A146 (Beccles Road), A143 and then re-join the A47 (map 2).
for around 11 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 Brasenose Avenue/Bridge Road
· Brasenose Avenue/Bridge Road to Middleton Roundabout
· Middleton Roundabout to Victoria Roundabout.
Traffic will be diverted via William Adams Way, Beccles Road (A143) and Beaufort Way, then re-join the A47 (map 3).
Phase 1 Eastbound diversion
Phase 1 Westbound diversion
Phase 2 diversion
We're doing essential safety improvement work on the A47 between Brundall and Acle on Monday 15 January to Thursday 19 January 2024 from 8pm and 6am.
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.
We need to carry out some further work in the vicinity of Brundall Roundabout to complete these improvements, which will involve road marking and sign installations.
Closures and diversions
To carry out the work safely, we will need to close parts the A47 westbound and divert traffic as detailed below:
Monday 15 January
Full westbound closure of A47 between Acle Roundabout and Postwick Interchange
Tuesday 16 January to Thursday 18 January
Full westbound closure of A47 between Acle Roundabout and Brundall Roundabout
A47 westbound traffic will be diverted to turn around at Acle Roundabout and follow the A47, A143, and A146, before re-joining the A47 at Postwick Interchange.
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:
- 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 Road. Traffic will reach a ‘hard’ closure point at High Noon Lane, Blofield, meaning access into Blofield and Brundall is maintained.
- While works on Brundall roundabout take 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 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.
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.
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:
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 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