A1 closed due to flooding near Peterborough, A47 has reopened

The A1 near Peterborough is closed northbound due to flooding near Peterborough as Cambridgeshire police warned drivers of large areas of standing water on many of the region’s roads.

By Mark Edwards
Thursday, 24th December 2020, 8:07 am
Updated Thursday, 24th December 2020, 8:35 am
Overnight the A47 had to be closed due to flooding.
Overnight the A47 had to be closed due to flooding.

Highways England said this morning (December 24): “The A1 is closed northbound between the A1(M) (Norman Cross) and the A47 (Peterborough) due to flooding. Cambridgeshire police are in attendance.

“Delays are likely on approach to the closures, with additional journey times also expected on diversion routes.”

There are also reports this morning of an accident on the A1 near Peterborough northbound between the A1139 and the junction with the A47.

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Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough was flooded overnight.

Last night the A47 westbound between the A1139 and the A16 was closed due to bad flooding, but Highways England said that water has now subsided and the road is open again.

Cambridgeshire police have warned drivers to take extra care on the region’s roads with large areas of standing water following yesterday’s heavy rain.

Yesterday Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough was flooded for much of the day.

Elsewhere the A14 eastbound is closed between J13 at Thrapston and J20 at Ellington near the A1 interchange due to flooding.

Highways England teams have been tackling flooding on the A47 overnight and on the A1 this morning.

Traffic is being diverted from J13, to follow the hollow diamond symbol, north on the A605 and south on the A1M back to the A14 at J21.

Delays are likely on the approach to this closure, with additional journey times also expected on diversion route.

There is also deep standing water on the A605 between Oundle and the Elton turn. Traffic is passing through it but it is moving very slowly causing delays.

Cambridgeshire police said on social media: “There is a lot of surface water about due to the heavy rain, please drive to the road and water conditions.

There have been a number of Road Traffic Collisions.”

Cambridgeshire fire and rescue said it had received many calls due to flooding. A statement on social media said: “We are receiving a large number of calls relating to bad weather across the county. This includes flooding due to the large volume of rain falling in a short time.

“So far we have responded to incidents in Ramsey, Kimbolton, Tilbrook, Alconbury, Woodwalton and Elm. Please take care and do not drive through flood water - it’s not worth the risk!

“We have crews ready to respond, but please only call 999 if there is a danger to life.”