The first of three major highways projects is set to start at the end of the month, taking advantage of the quieter traffic over the school holidays.  

Over the summer, the highways team will be rebuilding the busy London Road/Wharf Road junction and sections of Avenue Road/Stonebridge Road. In addition, new-and-improved traffic lights will be installed at the London Road/Bridge End Road junction.

These sections of road are in need of repair, but instead of just filling in the potholes, we’re going to be completely rebuilding them. That way they should last a lot longer and require less maintenance.

Similarly, the traffic lights at the junction of London Road and Bridge End Road are reaching the end of their life and need to be replaced.

The new lights will be much more energy efficient and easier to maintain, helping to reduce running costs.

We’ve scheduled all this work for the school holidays, when there’s much less traffic about, which will help reduce the impact on motorists. That said, there is still likely to be some disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and would encourage people to use alternative routes where possible. But I’m confident that the long-term benefits will be worth it.

Project one: reconstruction of London Road/Wharf Road junction

Work is due to begin at 6am on Sunday 29 July, when the London Road/Wharf Road junction is completely rebuilt. The team will be working 24 hours a day, and the project is expected to be completed by 7am on Friday 3 August.

Because of the nature of the works, the junction will need to remain closed to traffic throughout the project. Local diversions will be in place for smaller vehicles that can travel under the railway bridges in the town, while larger vehicles will be diverted via the A1.

Project two: new traffic lights at London Road/Bridge End Road junction

On Monday 6 August, work will begin to replace the traffic signals at junction of London Road and Bridge End Road. These improvements will be carried out under three-way temporary signals, with a temporary pedestrian crossing on South Parade. Springfield Road will be closed between the A52/B1184 and a point 50 metres west of the railway bridge. Diversion signs will be in place. This project is expected to take four weeks.

Project three: reconstruction of Avenue Road/Stonebridge Road

Work will be taking place on Avenue Road/Stonebridge Road from Monday 13 August to Sunday 2 September. A section of carriageway between the B1174 St Peter’s Hill and Sandon Road will be rebuilt, while the footpath between Castlegate and Welham Street will be resurfaced and new kerbing installed. Work will take place during the daytime under a road closure, with diversion routes in place.

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