A47 Wansford to Sutton duallingRecently updated

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

Progress report

The Scheme Assessment Report (SAR) summarises the work conducted from feasibility through to the Preferred Route Announcement (PRA).

The report brings together the engineering, safety, operational, traffic, economic, and environmental appraisals in addition to the public consultation comments received from the non-statutory consultation held in 2017. The SAR has now been published and can be viewed in the Project media files and documents section below.

Full statutory consultation

We want to make sure that the local community, the residents, local interest groups, businesses, visitors and road users, have the opportunity to fully understand the scheme and comment on our proposals. To do this we will hold a full statutory consultation later in 2018.

We will provide consultation information on various issues including:

  • junction layout and strategy
  • works to the existing road (“de-trunking”) and side roads
  • environmental assessments and potential environmental impacts
  • environmental mitigation measures
  • arrangements during construction of the scheme

Once confirmed, we will publish all dates and times of consultation events on this page.

We have conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment for the scheme. The scheme is in Environmental Impact Assessment development, and therefore we are publishing Preliminary Environmental Information as part of the consultation material. This gives information about the potential environmental effects of the scheme and the mitigation measures proposed to reduce those effects, so to assist well-informed responses to the consultation.

What's next?

Over the next few months we will:

  • complete ground surveys (such as topographical, geotechnical, pavement, drainage and environmental)
  • conduct a full consultation on the proposed design including public exhibitions
  • complete the preliminary design of the preferred route
  • prepare the draft Planning Act 2008 Development Consent Order (DCO) for submission to the Planning Inspectorate
  • complete the environmental assessment and prepare the environmental statement

Timeline

Date Event
TBC Statutory consultation
Winter 2018/19 Submit the Development Consent Order application - you can still comment on proposals at this stage
Summer 2020 Start of works
Winter 2021/22 Open for traffic

Why we need this scheme

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.

The junction with the A1 experiences peak time congestion particularly on the southbound off slip and there is a history of fatal and serious collisions along this stretch of road. This is 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:

  • 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
  • improve road safety for all road users by designing the road to modern highway standards appropriate for a major A road
  • 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 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 where it will be constructed to the south of 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. An underbridge will also be constructed towards the western end of the scheme providing access to Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre.

Another underbridge is to be constructed under the A47 where the proposed new road crosses a disused railway line to the west of Sutton Heath Road. A larger roundabout is to replace the existing Nene Way roundabout to the east of the scheme. A connection with Sutton Heath Road will also be added north of the Nene Way roundabout by incorporating parts of the existing A47 single carriageway. The existing dumbbell roundabout at the A1/A47 junction and the Nene Way roundabout near Sutton are to be revised.

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 are proceeding with an amended version of Option 2 presented at this consultation.

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.

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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

Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A47 and the A43 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:30 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 4:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A151 and the junction with the A47 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 May 2018 to 05:00 on 28 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A47 eastbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 May 2018 to 04:00 on 26 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

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