A47 Great Yarmouth junctions improvementsRecently updated

Major improvements to two junctions in Great Yarmouth

Region:  East
Start date:  2018
Cost:  £25 million - £50 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2019
Programme:  A47 corridor improvement programme

Progress report

In August 2017 we made our Preferred Route Announcement confirming that the options shown would be progressed to the detailed design phase because they reduce congestion and provide value for money.

What's next?

The dates for a consultation on this scheme will be announced later in 2018.

Timeline

Date Event
2018 Announcement of consultation
2019 Start of works
2022 Open for traffic

The need for the scheme

The A47 currently experiences high levels of congestion at peak times. The proposed works are required to ease the current capacity issues. This constrains economic growth in Great Yarmouth and reduces road-user satisfaction.

Limited route choice is also an issue when travelling in and out of Great Yarmouth, particularly at the Vauxhall roundabout. The volume of traffic bottlenecking on the A47 near Great Yarmouth causes significant queuing and congestion.

Future developments planned for the south of Great Yarmouth are likely to impact significantly on junctions on the A47 and increased congestion in future years is likely to further constrain economic growth in Great Yarmouth.

Aims

The aims and objectives of the Great Yarmouth junctions improvement scheme are to:

  • reduce congestion-related delay, improving journey time reliability and increasing the overall capacity of the A47
  • improve road safety for all road users by designing to modern highway standards appropriate for a major A road
  • increase the resilience of the junctions in coping with incidents such as collisions, breakdowns, maintenance and extreme weather
  • enable more reliable, reduced journey times and provide capacity for future traffic growth
  • provide a safer route between communities for cyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorised groups

The scheme in detail

The A47 Vauxhall and Gapton junctions in northern Great Yarmouth currently experience heavy congestion during peak hours. This is due to there being few route options entering and exiting the town, and a lack of connectivity between movements within the town.

The proposed scheme will improve the Vauxhall roundabout by making it a larger and fully signalled roundabout, with a widened bridge over the railway line to accommodate the A47 southern exit and approach. The Station Approach will have minor improvements at the existing junction, including the addition of a dedicated right turn at the existing left turn only junction. At the Gapton roundabout traffic signals will be installed and provisions for non-motorised users will be improved.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A47 eastbound between the junctions with the A143 and the A1117 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:11 on 23 May 2018 to 15:30 on 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 5:03 pm
Location : The A47 westbound between the junctions with the A1117 and the A143 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:11 on 23 May 2018 to 15:30 on 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 4:21 pm
Location : The A47 westbound between the A1117 and the junction with the A143 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A47 eastbound between the A143 and the junction with the A1117 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A47 eastbound between the junctions with the A143 and the A1117 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:57 on 25 May 2018 to 15:30 on 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There are lane closures.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A47 westbound between the junctions with the A1117 and the A143 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:51 on 25 May 2018 to 15:30 on 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There are lane closures.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

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