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Much delayed upgrade for A47 roundabout at Guyhirn set to start in spring 2021



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The long-delayed upgrade to one of Fenland's busiest bottle-neck roundabouts is still on schedule to begin in the spring.

Highways England have confirmed the design and survey work for the improvements to Guyhirn roundabout on the A47 have been completed.

Now it is expected the authority, which looks after the country's major road system, will undertake additional surveys to aid construction, and it is hoped these will be completed later this month.

Work could begin on the upgrade to Guyhirn by March 2021 at the latest. (43324179)
Work could begin on the upgrade to Guyhirn by March 2021 at the latest. (43324179)

The project is still expected to cost up to £25 million.

The upgrade, which is needed to help improve traffic flow at the bottle-neck roundabout is more than two years behind schedule after work was postponed in 2017 because of a change of contractor and the need to remain within budget.

However, back in March this year Highways England informed Cambridgeshire County Council leader Steve Count that they had appointed a new contractor.

Work could begin on the upgrade to Guyhirn by March 2021 at the latest. (43324176)
Work could begin on the upgrade to Guyhirn by March 2021 at the latest. (43324176)

And that work was due to start in March next year, although there was hope that time that it might be sooner.

Once work does start it is expected to take up to a year to complete and will give the roundabout a design life up until 2031.

A spokesman for Highways England said: "The scheme to improve the A47 Guyhirn junction by increasing the size of the roundabout to ease congestion and cope with increasing traffic levels is still expected to start in spring 2021.

"We'll be in touch with local residents and businesses with more information about our plans in the new year."

More information about the work can be found on the Highways England website at https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a47-guyhirn-junction/



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