£61.4m roads package to keep drivers moving in the East of England

A co-ordinated £61.4m package of essential maintenance and improvement work is underway on motorways and major A-roads across the East of England.

The work – the bulk of which starts this month – includes resurfacing, safety barrier and lighting upgrades, drainage maintenance and repairs and new signs and road markings on many of the region’s busiest roads. In particular, it includes:

• £3.4m for new noise reducing barriers at eight locations along the M40 in Buckingham and South Oxfordshire
• £3.1m for safety upgrades at the Hare Green Roundabout, Harwich Road junction on the A120 near Colchester
• £3.5m for major repairs to accident damaged bridges on the A47 Saddlebow interchange at King’s Lynn
• £1.9m for resurfacing on the A1 between Langford and Baldock
• £1.1m to repair a bridge on the A14 at Claydon
• £3.2m for resurfacing on the A11 between Besthorpe and Spooner Row

The work, which is all being carried out between now and next summer, is part of Highways England’s commitment to improve safety and ensure better journeys across the East region’s busiest roads. It will be carried out in phases across different roads to minimise its impact on people’s journeys.

Highways England regional Capital Delivery Team Leader Aran Nugent said:

"This work will improve safety and provide smoother journeys for the millions of drivers that use our road network across the East of England every day.

"We care about drivers’ journeys and we understand that roadworks can cause some disruption for drivers and local residents, so we have planned the work carefully and closely with local authorities, local parishes and other transport services to reduce its impact as much as we can.

"While we are carrying out this essential work, I would urge motorists to plan their journeys ahead and allow extra time where needed."