Major road works on junction 17 of the A1M near Peterborough will begin this week. The junction is a popular interchange for coaches as it connects with the A605, a cross-country route for coaches travelling between the Midlands and East Anglia, and is where the Peterborough A1 services are located.
The work to add extra capacity to the junction, along with junction 1 of the A1139 Fletton Parkway to the south west of the city, begins on August 3. A full depth resurfacing on the A1(M) junction 17 roundabout will also be carried out.
Cambridgeshire County Council said the vast majority of the work will be carried out overnight to avoid delays. The work is expected to take around five months and to be complete in November.
Previous work on the A1(M) near Peterborough had caused severe disruption to the area, and as such the works have been planned to avoid a repeat of this. The roadworks will be lifted for major events, such as bonfire night.
Highways England Capital Delivery Team Leader, Aran Nugent, said: “We’re very clear that there can be no repeat of the disruption that drivers suffered last time there were road works at junction 17 of the A1(M). We’ve looked closely at what happened then and we are doing everything we can to make sure that the work happening now will cause minimal disruption for drivers.”
During the work planned on the A1(M) slip roads at junction 17, there will be some weekend closures at the end of October.
Four sections of the roundabout are being reconstructed, which will involve digging deeper than is usually required and re-building parts of the road to ensure longevity for around 15 years. This will also require some full weekend closures.
Signed diversions will be in place, and drivers have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys.
The work is being completed in various phases across the next few months.