A47 Wansford to Sutton dualling

The A47 Wansford to Sutton is a 2.5km section of the A47 between the A1/A47 junction and an existing roundabout at Nene Way. This is to be upgraded to a dual carriageway.

Region:  East
Start date:  2020-2021
Cost:  £50 million - £100 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A47 corridor improvement programme

Progress report

We will be undertaking important surveys and archaeological trial trenching from May 2020. You can expect to see survey vehicles and equipment in operation, but please note that this is not the start of any construction work.

The investigations will help us understand the significance of the archaeological resource and inform how we can avoid and/or minimise any harm through design and mitigation. The surveys are critical in ensuring we limit our impact on the historic environment by fully recording all archaeological sites appropriately. The results of assessments will be reported in our Environmental Statement and are a normal part of the development consent process.

A good, early understanding of the unique relationship between our scheme and the historic environment will help us to avoid any unexpected surprises and unnecessary delays once construction starts. This approach means we can develop a plan to allow mitigation works and development to coincide on site once the project is given the go-ahead.

Public consultation took place between September and October 2018. Thank you to everybody who took part and completed the feedback form. Where appropriate, we’ll use the feedback to make further refinements to the scheme design and development of mitigation measures.

What's next?

We'll publish a consultation report when we make our application for planning consent (Development Consent Order). This will feature a summary of responses and will describe how our proposals have been informed by and influenced by them.

Timeline

Date Event
TBA Submit the Development Consent Order application - you can still comment on proposals at this stage
2021 Start of works
Winter 2021/22 Open for traffic

Why we need this scheme

The A47 Wansford to Sutton is a 2.5km single carriageway section of the A47 between the A1/A47 junction and the roundabout at Nene Way.

The junction with the A1 experiences peak time congestion particularly on the A1 southbound off slip and there is a history of fatal and serious collisions along this stretch of road, primarily associated with right turns at the at-grade junctions and accesses.

Aims

The aims and objectives of the Wansford to Sutton Dualling scheme are to:

  • improve road safety for all road users by designing the road to modern highway standards appropriate for a major A road
  • contribute to sustainable economic growth by supporting employment and residential development opportunities
  • reduce congestion-related delay, improving journey time reliability and increasing the overall capacity of the A47
  • increase reliability, reducing journey times and providing capacity for future traffic growth
  • provide a safer route between communities for cyclists, pedestrians, equestrians and other non-motorised users

The scheme in detail

The A47 Wansford to Sutton is a 2.5km single carriageway section of the A47 between the A1/A47 junction and an existing roundabout at Nene Way. This is to be upgraded to a dual carriageway and will be constructed slightly to the north of the existing A47 for approximately 800m before crossing the existing A47 to avoid a scheduled monument, where it will then be constructed close to the existing road until it ties into the existing dual carriageway east of Nene Way.

To the west of the scheme a new free flow lane is to be constructed connecting the existing A1 southbound carriageway to the new A47 eastbound carriageway. Access will be provided to the local businesses and amenities in the area.

We will construct an underbridge under the A47 where the proposed new road crosses a disused railway line to the west of Sutton Heath Road. We will improve the junction at the site of the current Nene Way roundabout to the east of the scheme. A connection with Sutton Heath Road will also be provided. The existing dumbbell roundabout at the A1/A47 junction and the Nene Way roundabout near Sutton will be reviewed and considered for improvement.

The new A47 will then tie into the existing alignment at the Nene Way roundabout where the existing road is already a dual carriageway.

How we chose our preferred option

Having reviewed the feedback following the consultation from 13 March 2017 to 21 April 2017, and completed a number of other assessments, we proceeded with an amended version of Option 2 and consulted on this in September to October 2018.

Option 2 solves the main traffic and safety problems along the route. It has significant advantages in terms of environmental impact when compared to Option 3 and will have less impact during construction when compared to Option 1.

Key concerns raised in the 2017 consultation have influenced an amendment to the original proposal. The new dual carriageway will be moved as close as possible to the southern edge of the existing A47 at the eastern end of the scheme. This would:

  • increase the distance from the new road to both the River Nene and the village of Sutton
  • reduce the amount of land take required
  • allow for the easiest connection of existing side roads to the new A47
  • allow for most of the existing A47 to remain in place for local traffic
  • improve provision for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians

You can find more detailed information on the Preferred Route Announcement in the leaflet below. The consultation report can also be found in the Project media files and documents section below.

The 2017 consultation report can also be found in the Project media files and documents section below.

We are now working on a full detailed design review to take into consideration the the feedback from the consultation held in September and October 2018.

Further information

The guides below outline the procedures we follow when delivering large road schemes and how compensation can be claimed for the affects on residential, agricultural and other property from the use of new roads or alterations to existing roads operated by Highways England.

If you have any questions or you would like to discuss your particular circumstances please contact the project team at A47WansfordtoSuttonRIS@highwaysengland.co.uk or call 0300 123 5000.

Project media files and documents

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J15 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A605 and the junction with the A6118 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm

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The M5 through the West Country is currently experiencing severe delays southbound.
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