Drivers face more misery on the A1 in Peterborough when a series of road closures get underway from today for the next few weeks.
Work started in August to add extra capacity to junction 17 of the A1M and junction 1 of the Fletton Parkway to the south west of the city for the expansion of the Gateway Peterborough business park.
The work has been carefully planned in a partnership between Highways England, Cambridgeshire County Council, Northamptonshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Gateway Peterborough’s owners Roxhill Developments and their contractors Winvic.
The work is adding a new lane to the north side of the junction 17 roundabout, helping improve traffic flow toward Peterborough, and new traffic lights to help traffic pass through the junction smoothly. A new filter lane from the westbound A1139 into the business park will also relieve pressure on the A1139 junction one roundabout. At the same time, the A1(M) junction 17 roundabout is being fully resurfaced, and other maintenance and renewal work is being carried out. By co-ordinating the road improvement programmes, disruption to journeys should be kept to a minimum.
Alongside the junction improvements, Highways England is carrying out road surface repairs on the A1 between the A1(M) junction 17 and the A47 at Wansford. This work is being carried out overnight on weeknights only, between 8pm and 6am, using temporary carriageway closures. Work on the southbound carriageway is expected to start on Monday 30 October and to be completed by Wednesday 8 November. On the northbound carriageway, work is expected to begin on Monday 20 November and to be completed by Wednesday 6 December.
Fully signed diversions will be in place whenever the A1 is closed, with drivers heading southbound directed off the A1 at the A47 Wansford onto the eastbound A47, then taking Nene Parkway onto Fletton Parkway westbound to the A1(M) at junction 17. When the northbound carriageway is closed, drivers will follow the same diversion route in reverse.
In addition Highways England will also be carrying safety and routine maintenance works on the A1(M) from Monday 13 to Friday 17 November between junctions 14 to junction 17. All of this work will be carried out overnight from 8pm to 6am to minimise disruption to the traveling public. Again, a fully signed diversion route will be in place for all associated slip road and road closures.
During the same period, Northamptonshire County Council is carrying out maintenance on the A605 using these overnight closures. Drivers seeking to travel on the A605 northbound will be diverted along the A14 to junction 21 Brampton Hut, and then the A1 to re-join the A605 at A1(M) junction 17.
Cambridgeshire County Council will be completing its work on the A1(M) junction 17 roundabout from the end of October, working overnight between 8pm and 6am. There will always be a clearly signed diversion route in place, and work will be completed as follows:
•On Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November there will be no access onto the A1 northbound, or from the A605 onto the junction 17 roundabout;
•On Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November there will be no exit from the A1(M) northbound, and no access to the A605;
•On Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 November the A605 will be closed between the A1(M) and the services roundabout, with access to the services via the diversion;
•On Wednesday 15 November there will be no exit from the A1(M) northbound.
•On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 November the A605 will be closed between the motorway service station and the A1(M), and;
•On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November the roundabout outside the motorway service station will be closed, with access for hotel guests being chaperoned through the works.
The council will also have two weekend closures, which will see the junction affected from 8pm on the Friday until 6am on the Monday, as follows:
•From Friday 27 October there will be no exit from the A1 southbound and no access to the eastbound Fletton Parkway, and;
•From Friday 10 November the section of the roundabout between Fletton Parkway and the A1(M) southbound will be closed, though drivers will still be able to access the motorway via dedicated slip road outside the works area.
For the latest information up to date traffic information, drivers should stay tuned to local radio, or follow Highways England on Twitter @HighwaysEAST.