A47 Closure Both Directions, Norfolk, Tuesday 03 November 2015

The A47 in Nor­folk was closed in both direc­tions between the A1064 and the A1042 on Tues­day morn­ing until the early hours of Wednes­day morn­ing due to an inci­dent involv­ing a HGV and a Van which resulted in a large spillage and exten­sive dam­age to the road sur­face. The road remained closed for inves­ti­ga­tion, recov­ery, clear-up and re-surfacing work.

At 10:57am on the morn­ing of Tues­day the 02 Novem­ber 2015 our East­ern Regional Con­trol Cen­tre was alerted by Nor­folk Police to reports of a col­li­sion between a van and a HGV tanker car­ry­ing liq­uid sugar on the A47 between the A1064 (near Acle) and the A1042 (near Post­wick). Nor­folk Police reported that a van and a HGV had col­lided. The van over­turned and came to rest on its side and the HGV left the road and became stranded in a ditch. Dur­ing the inci­dent the HGV’s fuel tank was rup­tured and a large amount of diesel had spilled out across both the east­bound and west­bound car­riage­way dam­ag­ing approx­i­mately 200 square meters. Nor­folk fire and Res­cue ser­vices also attended the scene.


 Upon fur­ther assess­ment of the inci­dent Nor­folk Police advised that the road would be closed for a long period of time for inves­ti­ga­tion, recov­ery and clear up work. At approx­i­mately 12:30pm our area team arrived on scene to work closely with Nor­folk Police and assist with re-enforcing the clo­sures and assess the scene. Once this was com­plete at approx­i­mately 2:00pm our part­ners deployed spe­cial­ist clean-up vehi­cles to the scene. We con­tin­ued to work closely with Nor­folk Police and it was soon dis­cov­ered that due to the nature of the recov­ery and clean-up work the clo­sure would remain in place for a con­sid­er­able amount of time.

At 4:30pm our area team spe­cial­ists advised that as a result of the large diesel spillage 200 square meters of road sur­face had been dam­aged and it would require emer­gency re-surfacing.  
A signed diver­sion via the A146, A143 and A12 in both direc­tions was put in place dur­ing the clo­sures. To advise motorists and warn them of the clo­sure our National Traf­fic Oper­a­tions Cen­tre Acti­vated the elec­tronic mes­sage sig­nage on the A1M and A14. Our National Inci­dent Liai­son Offi­cers issued real-time updates to our Twit­ter fol­low­ers, pub­lished up-to-date infor­ma­tion includ­ing diver­sion routes to our web­site, issued reg­u­lar reports and answered ques­tions from the media. In addi­tion our 24/7 Cus­tomer Con­tact Cen­tre advis­ers were also avail­able and on-hand to pro­vide the very lat­est travel infor­ma­tion over the telephone.
Just before 7:00pm our East­ern Regional Con­trol Cen­tre con­firmed that the vehi­cles involved in the inci­dent had been recov­ered and a gul­ley sucker had com­menced clear­ing the drains after the diesel spillage. Once the oper­a­tion was com­plete our area team com­menced repairs and worked con­tin­u­ously through the evening to repair the badly dam­aged road surface.
After exten­sive works by our teams the road was declared fully open just after 01:00am on the 04 Novem­ber 2015. Travel media, Social media Twit­ter feeds and our High­ways Eng­land web­site were updated.
High­ways Eng­land would like to thank motorists for their patience dur­ing this lengthy incident.


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