A47 Guyhirn junction

This is a scheme to improve the Guyhirn junction.

Region:  East
Start date:  2021
Cost:  Up to ¬£25 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2022
Programme:  A47 corridor improvement programme

Progress report

We will be undertaking ground investigations and survey works around the Guyhirn junction in February and March 2020 lasting for five to six weeks.

We aim to minimise the impact on the nearby community and environment during these important investigations, but there will be some drilling which may be noisy for those living nearby. Where possible works will be carried out during the day but as we have restricted access to the area directly adjacent to the A47, it will be necessary for us to carry out some works overnight.

Please be aware that this may increase journey times through this route.

The survey results will be used in the further development of our design to improve this junction.

What's next?

Public information events will take place once the scheme design has been developed further.

Timeline

Date Event
2021 Start of works
2022 Open for traffic

The need for the scheme

This scheme is needed as the A47/A141 Guyhirn junction experiences heavy congestion during peak hours. The current issues with this junction are the roundabout capacity, the lack of lane space and poor visibility on the roads as drivers approach the roundabout. The capacity issue will be further exacerbated by 2031 due to proposed future developments in the area.

Significant growth in traffic demand is expected along the A47 corridor due to employment and residential growth, especially adjacent to the corridor and beyond the Fenland District in which Guyhirn is located.

Aims

The aims and objectives of the proposed A47/A141 Guyhirn junction improvements are to:

  • support and facilitate planned and future development growth and to upgrade the junction to one that is safe to operate
  • increase capacity at the junctions and improve traffic flow
  • reduce collisions and injuries at the junction, contributing to our target to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our network by 40%
  • reduce delays and improve journey time reliability, making movements at the junction more free-flowing and making journey times more reliable
  • improve connectivity for local people living and working near the scheme and improve amenities for cyclists and pedestrians

The scheme in detail

The single option proposed for the Guyhirn junction aims to increase the size of the roundabout with widening of the existing carriageway on the River Nene Bridge to accommodate an additional lane of traffic.

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