East Midlands

East Midlands Gateway 16 June 2017

Various changes to the road network around M1 junctions 24 and 24A to provide additional capacity to support the East Midlands Gateway project, a 700-acre logistics development. The new development will include a dedicated rail terminal and are located immediately adjacent to East Midlands Airport, and will have direct access to the trunk road network with a new junction on the A453.

The two main road works will be improvements to M1 junction 24A and the construction of a new A6 Kegworth Bypass.

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A13 and M25 J30 Congestion Relief Scheme 23 May 2017

The aims of the scheme are to increase capacity and reduce congestion on a busy section of the A13 between M25 J30 and the A126 Lakeside access. Improvement of the transport infrastructure in this area is seen as critical to the further development of the Lakeside Basin and Thames Gateway.

Exact details are still to be finalised, but the scheme is likely to include improvements to M25 J30 and widening of the A13. The restricted access junction of the A13 and A126 (Lakeside) may also be targeted.

The start of development work was announced on 08 May 2012.

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A505 Dunstable Northern Bypass 16 May 2017

Construction of a new dual two lane road from the current terminus of the A505 north of Dunstable to a new junction 11a on the M1, with a connection to the planned A505 Luton Northern Bypass. Construction began in February 2015, with an estimated completion date of June 2017 at the latest, subject to successful bridge lifts and good weather.

The scheme is also known as the A5-M1 Link. On opening, it took the number A5, with the former A5 through Dunstable being downgraded.

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A14 Fen Ditton - Ellington 26 April 2017

An upgrade of the A14 route between Cambridge and Huntingdon, and in particular the stretch connecting the A1 and M11.

The improvement includes construction of a new dual-three lane route south of Huntingdon to bypass part of the existing road, with the remainder upgraded and widened substantially. The scheme also includes a new interchange with the A1 (along with the widening of a short section of A1), and some modifications to the M11 interchange.

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A428 Black Cat - Caxton Gibbet 21 March 2017

Upgrade of the existing A428 to dual two-lane expressway standard between the A1 at Black Cat Roundabout and the A1198 at Caxton Gibbet. This will complete a continuous expressway route between the M1 near Milton Keynes and Cambridge, and contribute to completion of the proposed Oxford-Cambridge expressway.

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A142 Ely Southern Bypass 13 January 2017

Single, two-lane carriageway route avoiding the frequently-struck low bridge near Ely station, one of the lowest bridges on an A road anywhere in the UK, with a maximum headroom of only 9ft (2.7 m).

Drivers of high vehicles are currently obliged to take an alternative route along Station Road, but the level crossing over which they must pass is closed for more than 30 minutes per hour on average at peak times, resulting in long queues and delays.

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A505 Luton Northern Bypass 8 July 2016

Construction of a new route north of Luton to connect the M1 and the A6. The route will be an eastward continuation of the planned A505 Dunstable Northern Bypass, connecting to the M1 at a new junction 11a.

At present, Luton Borough Council are establishing whether a bypass is required, and a feasibility study and consultation are being carried out.

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M1 J10A Improvement 6 November 2015

The aims of the scheme are to increase capacity and reduce congestion.

The scheme involves upgrading M1 J10a to allow traffic to flow freely between the M1 Spur and the A1081 Airport Way. The M1 Spur will be widened to three lanes each way, as will the section of the A1081 between J10a and the Capability Green junction, with a lane drop to two lanes each way running through the improved junction.

A 50mph speed limit will apply to the whole of the improved section when the works are complete.

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A10 Foxton Railway Crossing 15 September 2015

Replacement of the existing level crossing with a bridge or underpass across the railway (approximately 100m further west), with the existing level crossing being closed to traffic (except for pedestrian access).

This is a venerable project, appearing in the 1954 Cambridge County Development Plan, and probably even earlier.

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A12 J28 Colchester Link 10 April 2015

Construction of a new junction on the A12 to link to a development area to the north of Colchester. The junction will be a dumbbell type, with a 1km link road connecting it to the A134 (this, the final stage of the Northern Approaches Road, will open in 2012), Park and Ride facilities, a new BP service station (to replace the existing one nearby) and the new Colchester United football ground.

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A11 Barton Mills - Thetford 1 April 2015

Upgrade of the existing A11 between Barton Mills (Fiveways) and Thetford to dual two-lane standard, with grade separated junctions throughout. At each end it will tie in to the existing road at a flat roundabout. The work is mostly on-line, but features a new bypass running to the north of Elveden.

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A47 Blofield to North Burlingham Dualling 18 February 2015

Widening of the current single carriageway to dual two-lane all purpose standard just to the south of the existing road. This would have the effect of linking the Blofield and Acle dual carriageway bypasses to form a continuous route.

This scheme was withdrawn in July 2009 in a review of spending priorities. It was then re-instated in the 2014 Autumn Statement as a scheme which would be progressed before the end of the next Parliament in 2020.

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M25 J23-27 Managed Motorway 9 February 2015

Removal of the hard-shoulder to create four running lanes and the addition of Emergency Refuge Areas (ERAs) as part of the Highways Agency's Smart Motorway programme. The scheme is 'All Lane Running' as the removal of the hard-shoulder suggests.

The scheme is intended to increase capacity and reduce congestion.

This replaces the previous proposal for dynamic hard-shoulder running, which replaced the previous widening proposal!

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M1 Widening J10-13 (Luton-Bedford) 7 October 2014

Plans for widening of the M1 between junctions 10 and 13 to dual-four lane standard have now been watered down to hard shoulder running. The original plan was for full on-line widening including improvements to junctions 11, 12 and 13. The amended scheme includes capacity improvements to junctions 11 and 12 only - these improvements are subject to separate statutory procedures, and so will commence at a later date than the HSR works, although still within the overall timeframe for the project.

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