Highways England is set to begin construction work for the A47 / A141 roundabout upgrade in Guyhirn, UK, this February.

The existing A47 Guyhirn junction is used by more than 20,000 vehicles daily. It witnesses heavy traffic congestion during peak hours due to narrow lane space and poor visibility as drivers approach the roundabout.

The A47 / A141 roundabout upgrade will be carried out with an investment of £14m.

Upon completion, the project is expected to reduce delays and traffic queues at the roundabout.

The project will see the addition of two new lanes on all approaches, as well as an increase in the roundabout’s size.

Highways England added that it will also include an additional lane over the existing carriageway on the River Nene Bridge.

The upgrade project will also see the creation of new pedestrian crossings and footpaths.

This project is expected to be completed by April next year.

Highways England Programme Lead for the A47 schemes Chris Griffin said: “The Guyhirn roundabout is a key junction along the A47, which connects people, communities and businesses in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk through to Kings Lynn and the A1(M).

“Around 15% to 20% of traffic here is lorries, which is higher than average and shows the importance of this stretch of road for connecting communities and services in this rural location.

“Upgrading the junction will not only help reduce delays and make journey times more reliable, it will also provide the additional capacity which will be crucial to the proposed commercial and housing developments in the area, which is good news for the local, regional and national economy.”

Highways England said that it is making improvements at six locations between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth on the A47 trunk road, including the Guyhirn junction, with more than £300m investment.

It said that three sections of the 115-mile stretch between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth will be upgraded to a dual carriageway.

In addition, Highways England will upgrade Norfolk sections between Blofield and North Burlingham and from North Tuddenham to Easton.

In Peterborough, the A47 road section between Wansford and Sutton will also be dualled.