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National Highways A47 scheme digs deep to prepare new road

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Plans to upgrade a stretch of the A47 in Cambridgeshire to dual carriageway to improve safety and ease congestion take another step forward with the start of survey work this month.

National Highways is improving the A47 in six places between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth as part of a £450 million-plus investment, including the Cambridgeshire section between Wansford and Sutton.

The National Highways team working on the Wansford to Sutton dualling will be carrying out survey work between Monday 24 and Friday 28 January.

National Highways A47 scheme digs deep to prepare new road. (54146387)
National Highways A47 scheme digs deep to prepare new road. (54146387)

The work will help inform plans for the new road by providing information on ground conditions. The survey and digging work will see 17 holes drilled around the area with a total depth of 34 metres.

Chris Griffin, National Highways Programme Lead for the A47 schemes, said: “This stretch of road connects areas of growing economic activity around Peterborough, including linking the A47 to the A1. The current layout of the road can act as a bottleneck, resulting in congestion and slower journey times. Not only will these plans cut congestion, they will also make journeys quicker and safer for all road users.”

Jonathan Pitt, Galliford Try Guyhirn Project Manager, said: “While this work is not the start of construction, it is essential to help us understand the area and plan the new dual carriageway. Our plans for this important upgrade develop each day, and we look forward to starting work early next year.”

The work will be done overnight between 8pm and 6am to minimise disruption, with fully signed diversion routes in place. There will be traffic lights at various locations on the A47 and the A1/A47 entry and exit slip roads.

The Wansford dualling upgrade is one of six projects National Highways is doing to improve the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth.

Two other sections of the 115-mile stretch of the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth will be upgraded to dual carriageway, from Blofield to North Burlingham and from North Tuddenham to Easton, while the junction upgrade at Guyhirn is nearing completion and the Thickthorn junction with the A11 will also be upgraded.

Work on the new dual carriageway is due to start in Spring 2023.

For more information about the A47 corridor improvement programme, please visit: highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/east/a47-corridor-improvement-programme/

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