Guyhirn could have a bigger, better junction to reduce congestion as part of county-wide road improvements
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Journeys in the Fens could be made easier with plans for a bigger roundabout junction at Guyhirn.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced eight road improvements schemes for the eastern region including the local plan which motorists will be asked to comment on from March.
The Guyhirn roundabout improvement is designed to reduce congestion, improve safety and boost the economy and is part of a record £15 billion investment in England’s motorways and major A roads.
Work on the A47, A12 and A428 will be carried out by Highways England and is due to start by 2020.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The Government is making a record investment to improve our motorways and major ‘A’ roads across the country to get motorists to their destinations more quickly, easily and safely.
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“These vital schemes in the East of England will not only help relieve congestion, they will also link people with jobs and businesses with customers, helping boost the region’s economy and improving lives.”
Over the next few months public consultations will be held to give drivers, residents and businesses their chance to comment to ensure the best possible improvements are taken forward.
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The chance to comment on the Guyhirn scheme will open in March.
In addition to Guyhirn, improvements include:
• The A428 between Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire and the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire
• Dualling of the A47 between the A1 and the dual carriageway section west of Peterborough.
• Dualling of the A47 North Tuddenham to Easton.
• Dualling of the single carriageway section of the A47 between Norwich and Dereham, linking together two existing sections of dual carriageway.
• Dualling of the A47 to fill a gap in the dual carriageway section between Norwich and the Acle Straight.
• Widening of the A12 between Chelmsford and the A120 junction in Essex.
The schemes were announced in the Government’s road investment strategy in December 2014 and are worth up to £1.1 billion in total.
It follows the start of works on the £1.5 billion A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon and the Government’s announcement to develop the Oxford to Cambridge expressway with £27 million of funding.
As part of the autumn statement in November 2016 a separate £1.2 billion was also announced that is available to councils across England to improve roads, relieve congestion and provide important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future.
Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England Chief Executive, said: “These improvements are made possible by the Government’s £15 billion investment in our strategic roads.
“They are much needed by the half a million drivers who use them every day.
“Each scheme has been developed by working with local partners and through this consultation we are welcoming views on them.
“I encourage anyone with an interest in these roads – whether they drive on them, live near them or depend on them for trade – to get involved.”