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Post by Lonewolf » Wed Mar 14, 2007 22:38

Had a run down and up the A1 today. Can report that work is progressing at Blyth, Apleyhead and Markham Moor at pace. Can't say the same for Gt Gonerby or Colsterworth.

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Post by Sam » Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:56

The HA's page on this project is here.

The northernmost four roundabouts (Blyth, Apleyhead, Markham Moor and Gonerby Moor) are all underway. Apleyhead and Gonerby are mostly offline works, so I guess there's not as much to see at those junctions.

Colsterworth and Carpenter's Lodge still haven't got the final go-ahead, so it's unlikely you'll see anything happening there just yet.

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Post by Truvelo » Thu Mar 15, 2007 17:02

Are the flyovers being built to allow D3 or will they need replacing when it's finally upgraded to a motorway in 50 years time?
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Post by Roadtripper_Ian » Thu Mar 15, 2007 23:52

A pity that they didn't GSJ the Black Cat when they rebuilt it last year....
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Post by Bryn666 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 23:56

The reason apparently being that section may be bypassed 'soon'...

Presumably then, it'll be done before I get my telegram from the Queen on June 22, 2088? :?:
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Post by Roadnut » Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:44

Re the question on the width of the flyovers. I went to the public exhibition at Stamford sometime back and was told that as it was likely that if ever that stretch of the A1 was to be brought up to 3 lane motorway standard it would probably not be on the present line of the road, so the bridges were only 2D width.

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Post by Achmelvic » Fri Mar 16, 2007 13:25

I'm hoping that they'll at least build them as D2H with hardshoulders under the new bridges??

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Post by Ian198 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 13:26

Bryn666 wrote:Presumably then, it'll be done before I get my telegram from the Queen on June 22, 2088? :?:
I wonder if Big Ears knows his Ma will still be in the job?

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Post by coasterjunkie » Wed Mar 21, 2007 20:58

Traffic is now being diverted around temporary roundabouts at Blyth. I think these are the sites for the dumbbell roundabouts. I've seen the n/b one, but there are regular 5 -7 mile queues s/b, so I haven't seen that one yet! I'm going down the M1 or A60 instead.

Five Lanes End is a huge building site!

Earthworks are continuing at Gonerby Moor, and the bridge supports and embankments are progressing well.

Tree clearance has begun at Colsterworth; the only work done to date here.

Zilch is happening at Stamford - at this rate it'll be 2009 before this project is complete!

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Post by Sam » Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:01

It's a shame the Stamford (Carpenters' Lodge) roundabout scheme is one of the two not-yet started, because in my experience, it's the joint worst of these six roundabouts for causing traffic problems (sharing the title with Blyth).

I haven't looked at the details, but I'm surprised Stamford's been the slowest to get started. It's only a three-arm junction and arguably there's not much flow from southbound A1 onto the B-road, or from Stamford going to A1 north, so it could just be replaced with a pair of south-facing slips...

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Post by Bryn666 » Thu Mar 22, 2007 13:38

I wonder if Big Ears knows his Ma will still be in the job?
I'm hoping for some medical miracle to make HMQ outlive the Charles... :P

Back to the original post, I doubt any of these will be built with motorway upgrade in mind...
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Post by coasterjunkie » Mon Mar 26, 2007 21:52

The bridge girders are in position at Five Lanes End now, whilst Blyth is rapidly becoming unrecognisable. There is now a new roundabout on the s/b side - in addition to the n/b one - on an embankment roughly next to where the exit from the services met the A614.

The A614 itself meets the A1 here at this new roundabout, whilst services traffic now emerges directly onto the old roundabout, which all A1 traffic still has to negotiate. Hope that's clear as mud!

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Post by sotonsteve » Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:58

Bryn666 wrote:The reason apparently being that section may be bypassed 'soon'...

Presumably then, it'll be done before I get my telegram from the Queen on June 22, 2088? :?:
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Post by Sam » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:12

The HA have just updated the project page (here) to say Colsterworth and Carpenters Lodge have successfully gone through that statutory procedures, and works will begin next month. Start of works exhibitions have been announced.

So finally work will be underway on all 6 GSJs between Peterborough and Blyth.

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Post by jmbillings » Tue Apr 03, 2007 07:32

Did anyone go to the s.o.w exhibition at the Lady Annes this weekend? I couldn't make it... wondered if anything interesting was shown!

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Post by t1(M) » Tue Apr 03, 2007 07:49

Sam wrote:
So finally work will be underway on all 6 GSJs between Peterborough and Blyth.
When complete, the Black Cat will be the first roundabout you reach after the Berwick bypass - a 283 mile stretch

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Post by jmbillings » Tue Apr 03, 2007 08:39

t1(M) wrote:
When complete, the Black Cat will be the first roundabout you reach after the Berwick bypass - a 283 mile stretch
Not quite - there is the one a few miles south of the A14 junction, with the "Car Transportes prohibited at Kimbolton" sign!

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Post by Mark Hewitt » Tue Apr 03, 2007 09:11

jmbillings wrote:
Not quite - there is the one a few miles south of the A14 junction, with the "Car Transportes prohibited at Kimbolton" sign!
Buckden here

Any plans to bypass this one? Looks too built up to have a GSJ.[/url]

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Post by t1(M) » Wed Apr 04, 2007 14:13

jmbillings wrote:
t1(M) wrote:
When complete, the Black Cat will be the first roundabout you reach after the Berwick bypass - a 283 mile stretch
Not quite - there is the one a few miles south of the A14 junction, with the "Car Transporters prohibited at Kimbolton" sign!
(Re-reads his own F99 account) :oops:
make that 273 miles then............

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Post by coasterjunkie » Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:33

A small amount of tree clearance work has been undertaken at Colsterworth, on the n/b verge just north of the rail bridge, and on the n/b verge at the roundabout itself.

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