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Drivers face NINE MONTHS of delays and diversions on the A47 around King’s Lynn, Wisbech and Peterborough

PUBLISHED: 09:03 10 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:45 13 June 2017

Traffic queues on the A47 approaching the Hardwick Roundabout, in King's lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

Traffic queues on the A47 approaching the Hardwick Roundabout, in King's lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Speed restrictions, lane closures and the closure of entire stretches of the region’s busiest route are planned for routine maintenance and resurfacing.

Work will begin next month at the Saddlebow Interchange, on the A47 at King’s Lynn and continue into the new year, says Highways England.

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It says that diversions will be in place while the slip roads are closed. Most will only add an extra mile or two to drivers’ journeys.

But there’s worse in store for motorists when the road is closed firstly east-bound, then the west-bound carriageways between the Pullover and Hardwick Roundabouts on the outskirts of Lynn.

When the 3.7-mile stretch is closed, the sign-posted alternative to it will be a whopping 33 miles, via the A1101, A1122 and A10 - a whistle-stop tour of the Fens taking in the outskirts of Wisbech and Downham Market.

No exact timetable has been published. But public notices say the A47 works will get under way on Monday, July 3.

They add “the majority” of the maintenance will be carried out overnight, with closures between 8pm and 6am.

But some weekend closures will also be required while bridge works are in progress at Saddlebow, on the southern outskirts of King’s Lynn - meaning disruption to thousands of visitors during the peak summer season.

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Other affected stretches of the A47 will include between the B198 Redmoor roundabout to the A1101 Elm High Road, near Wisbech; the A1101 Elm High Road to the A141 roundabout at Guyhirn; the New Cut roundabout at Thorney to the A141 junction at Guyhirn; the Bretton Way Interchange to the Fulbridge Road Interchange, at Peterborough and the Eye Green roundabout to the Hodney roundabout at Peterborough.

The public notice says closure will include “all slip roads, link roads, junctions with side roads and gaps in the central reservation”.

Footbridges will also be closed on stratches where works are in progress.

As well as closures and diversions, drivers will have speed restrictions to contend with while the work is taking place in phases.

Highways England said that these would vary from 30 - 50mph. During previous major roadworks, the temporary limits have been enforced by so-called yellow vultures - average speed cameras.

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