Safety work due to start on the Acle Straight - with overnight closures planned

Traffic on the A47 Acle Straight which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halverg

Traffic on the A47 Acle Straight which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2012

Motorists could be faced with diversions as work to make the treacherous Acle Straight safer looks set to begin later this month.

Improvements to traffic signs, street lighting, road markings and kerbs on the A47, around the A1064 roundabout, are among the improvements Highways England are due to start – with a series of overnight closures in the pipeline.

Highways England has made a temporary prohibition of traffic order for the A47 and A12 trunk roads - Acle to Great Yarmouth – with the works 'expected to take place over two weeks' as they are carried out between 8pm and 6am.

The order – which could see the work 'starting on or after Monday, February 13' - would enforce the closure of the A47 eastbound and westbound carriageways between the A47/A1064 roundabout at Acle and the A47/A12/A149 Vauxhall Roundabout at Yarmouth, and the A12 northbound and southbound carriageways between the A47/A12 Vauxhall Roundabout and the A12 Tesco roundabout at Yarmouth.

During the overnight closures, it would mean that traffic from the A1064 roundabout will be diverted northward along the A1064 to Billockby, then east towards Caister, then south along Caister bypass, Yarmouth Road, Lawn Avenue, North Quay and Pasteur Road to rejoin the A12 at Great Yarmouth and vice versa for southbound traffic.

During the works, there will be restricted access to and from the Vauxhall Holiday Park and to the A47 from its junction with Branch Road.

Highways England announced that it would look at new safety measures on the stretch of road between Yarmouth and Acle when it was given the green light for a multimillion upgrade to the A47 in 2015.

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Works to the A47/A12 corridor are currently under way in the Lowestoft area, as Highways England is renumbering part of the A12 to become the A47. A Highways England spokesman said: 'We will be replacing road signs that currently show the A12 to now show the A47. The work will last approximately 12 weeks. The section of the A12 that currently runs from Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth will become the A47.'

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