A47 Guyhirn junctionRecently updated

This is a scheme to improve the Guyhirn junction.

Region:  East
Start date:  2020
Cost:  Up to ¬£25m
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2022
Programme:  A47 corridor improvement programme

Progress report

Plans for the A47/A141 Guyhirn junction scheme are progressing following the Preferred Route Announcement after consultation with the public in August 2017.

The single option proposed for the Guyhirn junction aims to increase the size of the roundabout and create three lanes on all approaches to the junction. It also aims to widen the existing carriageway on the River Nene Bridge to accommodate an additional lane of traffic.

To date we have worked with local representatives to ensure that local knowledge and community feedback can be fed into the extensive design process.

What's next?

Dates for a consultation on this scheme will be announced later in the year.

Timeline

Date Event
2020/21 Start of works
2021 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 junction improvement scheme will increase the size of the roundabout, create three lanes on all approaches, and widen the existing carriageway on the River Nene bridge to accommodate an additional lane of traffic.

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