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A1 roadworks warning for fans heading to National Road Championships this weekend

Delays expected for motorists heading to Lincoln from the north

Fans heading to the British Cycling National Road Championships in Lincolnshire this weekend are being warned to allow extra time for their journey due to roadworks on the A1.

The event starts with the National Time Trial Championships on Thursday, which won’t be affected.

Part of the A1 will be closed between Friday evening and Monday morning, with the works at Elkesley likely to affect people travelling to Lincoln from the north.

Drivers heading south towards the junction of the A1 and the A57 are being urged to allow extra time for their journey due to resurfacing works.

People coming from the south, and turning off the A1 to continue their journey via the A46, are not expected to be affected.

The roadworks will last from 8pm on Friday evening until 6am on Monday morning.

Graham Littlechild, project manager at Highways England, said: “We need to close this section so that we can re-align the A1, tie in the new access into the village and raise the road’s surface by more than 80cm in some areas.

"We can’t do this while traffic is running at the same time, as there isn’t enough space available to do it safely.

“There are likely to be delays while this work is under way as the signed diversion route is a single carriageway, and I urge motorists to plan their route ahead and build extra time into their journeys.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but it is essential we can carry out the improvements safely."

“This important scheme will improve the layout of the road for everybody who uses it, and motorists can expect improved safety and better journeys when the work has been completed.

“During the weekend closures, traffic will be diverted via the B6352, A616 (Great North Road, Ollerton Road, Newark Road, Wellow Road, Back Lane and Ollerton Road) and on to the A614 Blyth Road to re-join the A1.”

Diversions will be in place while the works are carried out.

You can find full details of the programme for this year’s National Championships here.

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