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Guyhirn junction improvement nears completion but brings road closures this weekend

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Bridge refurbishment and surface repairs are among the final bits of work being done as a major £25m road scheme nears completion.

The A47 Guyhirn junction improvement is one of six schemes National Highways is completing along the 115-mile A47 route between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth, and work is due to finish this spring.

As a result of some of the final works there will be weekend road closures including this weekend starting at 8pm tonight (Friday) and reopening again at 6am on Monday. Diversions will be in place.

What the upgraded Guyhirn roundabout looks like from above. Photo: Adam Fairbrother.
What the upgraded Guyhirn roundabout looks like from above. Photo: Adam Fairbrother.

The closures will be on all the approaches to the Guyhirn roundabout (South Brink, Fen Road, and the A141 March Road south to the A605).

The diversions are as follows: Northbound traffic will take the A605 westbound through Whittlesey towards Peterborough, then take the A1139 and the A15 north to pass Peterborough, and then the A47 eastbound through Thorney to reach the Guyhirn roundabout. Southbound traffic will follow this diversion route in reverse.

The road will also be closed from next Friday (18) from 8pm to 6am on Monday March 21.

National Highways Senior Project Manager for Guyhirn, Jonathan Donlevy, said: “The Guyhirn roundabout is a key junction along the A47 which connects people, communities and businesses in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk through to Kings Lynn and the A1(M). The upgraded junction will not only help to reduce delays and make journey times more reliable but will provide additional capacity which will be crucial to the local and national economy.”

Galliford Try Project Manager for Guyhirn, Tim Walker, said: “It’s great to see our work at the junction nearing its completion. I appreciate that roadworks can be disruptive, so I want to thank all those who have been affected for their patience, and hope that they are looking forward to enjoying the benefits of this improved junction shortly.”

Guyhirn junction is used by more than 20,000 vehicles a day and experiences a high level of congestion. The junction improvements – which includes increasing the size of the roundabout and creating two lanes on all approaches to the roundabout – will help to reduce congestion, improve journey times and increase safety.

In addition to the Guyhirn scheme, three sections of the A47 will be improved to dual carriageway and another junction will be improved. In Norfolk the A47 will be dualled between Blofield and North Burlingham and between North Tuddenham to Easton, and in Cambridgeshire between Wansford and Sutton, while the A11 Thickthorn junction interchange will also be improved.

For more information about the A47 corridor improvement programme, please visit: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/guyhirn

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