A47 Breydon Bridge Maintenance

Please see the below from National Highways

Dear Sir/Madam

A47 Breydon Bridge

I am writing to tell you that we plan to carry out essential bridge maintenance work on the A47 Breydon Bridge. Work will include replacing the hydraulics and control panel for the lifting mechanism of the bridge. 

We are carrying out this work to replace obsolete systems that still run on the bridge. By undertaking this work now, we avoid any future emergency closures that could result from breakdowns of these obsolete components.

We plan to complete this work over 7 months from Sunday 4 September to Friday 10 March 2023, weather conditions permitting.

Most of this work will be carried out on scaffolding placed under the bridge. This will minimise the extent of our road closures and traffic disruption as much as possible.


To allow us to carry out the work safely, we will work under temporary traffic signals during the day, with working hours of 9.30am to 3.30pm, up until Sunday 26 February 2023. Both directions of travel across the bridge will still be possible, but you may experience delays.

We will also need occasional closures of the bridge. Details of these upcoming closures can be found in the table below:

Sunday 4 September to Wednesday 7 September Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September Sunday 25 to Wednesday 28 September Wednesday 12 October Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November Thursday 12 January 2023Monday 23 January 2023  Overnight closures of Breydon Bridge between 8pm and 6am
Monday 24 to Friday 28 OctoberNo road closures or work planned due to October half-term  
Monday 19 December to Tuesday 3 JanuaryNo road closures planned during Christmas and New Year.  
Tuesday 27 January to Sunday 1 February 2023 Overnight road closures for barrier and scaffold removal between 8pm and 6am 
Monday 30 January to Sunday 26 February 2023 Off-peak day closures: 9:30am – 3:30pm 

More details on the scheduled daytime off-peak closures scheduled for 2023 and a scheme progress update will be communicated before Christmas.


Whilst the above closures are in place eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A47 at Trowse Newton to travel southbound on the A146. Traffic will then join the A143 at Gillingham to re-join the A47 at Beccles Road, A47 interchange. Westbound traffic will follow the same diversion as above but in reverse.

A map of the diversion can be found attached.

How to find out more

You can find out the most up to date closure information for this scheme on our website

To find out more about road improvements we’re carrying out across the East of England, please visit our website at 

If you would like more information, please contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at