Road closures announced for Fletton Parkway

The Fletton Parkway
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Night-time road closures will be in place during the final stage of works on the Fletton Parkway.

The major project, which began in February 2014, has widened the A1139 Fletton Parkway from two to three lanes in each direction between junction 1 and junction 2 and upgraded junctions to improve safety and increase traffic capacity.

The final night-time closures will provide Peterborough City Council opportunity to finish resurfacing works, which began last month, ahead of the scheme’s completion, which is expected to be the end of June.

The closures will be:

• Thursday 21 May 2015 (8pm – 6am) westbound closure between junction 3 of Fletton Parkway and A1 (M)/A1 junction 17

• Tuesday 26 May to Monday 15 June 2015 (8pm - 6am) eastbound road closures between the A1 (M)/A1 junction 17 and junction 3 of Fletton Parkway. No weekend working

• Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 June 2015 (8pm – 6am) westbound closure between junction 3 of Fletton Parkway and A1 (M)/A1 junction 17

• Thursday 18 June to Tuesday 30 June 2015 (8pm- 6am) eastbound road closures between the A1 (M)/A1 junction 17 and junction 3 of Fletton Parkway. No weekend working

The council has also secured an additional £900,000 grant to help fund the unexpected works needed to remove a large amount of contaminated soil discovered earlier in the project. The money comes from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund.

Peterborough City Council has contributed in the region of £4.5 million to the £18 million scheme as a result of receiving significant external funding. The council has successfully secured funding towards the cost of the scheme from developers, the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund and the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership.

Simon Machen, corporate director of growth and regeneration at Peterborough City Council, said “This is one of the largest and most complex highways improvement schemes the council has ever undertaken. The works are a vital improvement to help the city grow. The Fletton Parkway supports heavy traffic every day and without these works would have required major maintenance in the next few years costing in the region of £9million. Rather than incurring that cost we have secured external funding to both repair and widen this important road.

“We have overcome a number of significant challenges during the project which could not have been predicted at the start. We have carried out extensive repair work to the drainage and repaired significant cracks in the carriageway, as well as removing the discovered contaminated soil. The new materials which are being used to maximise the life of the road have resulted in the resurfacing works taking longer than predicted. Because of all the challenges we have faced, we now expect the scheme to be completed at the end of June.”

“We have increased the length of time workers are on site during the day and increased weekend working to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum. I understand the frustration these works have caused and I would like to ensure motorists and residents that we are working as quickly as possible to get this scheme completed.”