Views sought on Guyhirn junction plan

Roadworks on the A47 at Dogsthorpe
Roadworks on the A47 at Dogsthorpe

Highways engineers have released their plans to relieve a key bottleneck on Fenland’s road network.

A public consultation has been launched on proposals to widen the Guyhirn roundabout, linking the A47 with the A141, in a bid to reduce congestion and make journey times faster.

The project is one of six that are due to share a £300 million investment package in the route, which was first announced by the government back in late 2014.

And, although building work is unlikely to start for another two to three years, officials say local people’s views are important to help shape how the project progresses from here.

Philip Davie, of Highways England, the body responsible for maintaining major trunk roads like the A47, said: “There are important decisions to be made, and now we’re keen to get your views on the A47 to help us reach these decisions.”

Under the current plans, the roundabout would be widened to allow for three lanes of traffic to approach it from any direction.

The nearby bridge over the River Nene, on the Peterborough side of the junction, would also be widened to help accommodate the extra capacity.

Consultation documents published by Highways England say the current problems at the roundabout are caused by a lack of capacity, poor visibility on the approaches, rising traffic levels and development in the area. They also claim the issues will worsen if nothing is done.

They added: “The route will be more reliable, reducing journey times and providing capacity for future traffic growth.”

Details of the proposals are being displayed in the Wisbech and March libraries throughout the consultation, which will run until April 21.

Three consultation events were also held in Fenland last week.

The announcement of the plans comes barely a week after the A47 Alliance, an umbrella group of political and business leaders who want to see the whole length of the road from Peterborough to Lowestoft made a dual carriageway, outline its priorities for the next round of investment after this one.

The list included dualling the A47 between Wisbech and Guyhirn, and improving the three main roundabouts around Wisbech.

The alliance has called for an early commitment from the government to fund the works, which it says could be completed between 2020 and 2025 if ministers provide the cash soon.

It is estimated that the current series of works will be completed in 2021 or 2022.

To have your say on the Guyhirn plans, visit www.highways.gov.uk/a47Improvement, email A47GuyhirnJunctionRIS@highwaysengland.co.uk or write to FREEPOST, A47 Guyhirn Junction.