Whittlesey, UK: Grade-separated options’ consultation under way

31 Oct

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched a public consultation on the proposed replacement of the existing congested level crossing on the A605 between Whittlesey and Peterborough with a bridge or bridge and bypass. Currently around 10,400 vehicles use this road each weekday.

The level crossing causes lengthy delays to traffic especially at peak times. At present the level crossing barrier is down for between 8 and 20 minutes an hour. Delays are substantially increased when traffic is diverted on to this road as a result of flooding on other routes.

The County Council wants to receive feedback on these three possible bridge and bypass options so we can ensure any new structure meets the needs of local people and businesses.  The consultation runs from 30 October to Monday 15 December 2014.

Complete the online consultation

 

Kings Dyke map

Public exhibitions

Have your say and talk to the officers involved in the scheme:

  • 6 November, 3pm to 7.30pm – St John Ambulance, 2 Plough Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1LT
  • 18 November, 5pm to 7pm – Tesco Express, 110 Whittlesey Road, Stanground, Peterborough, PE2 8RJ
  • 26 November, 4pm to 7.30pm – Sir Harry Smith Community College, Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1XB

Cost of the scheme

The full cost of this scheme is likely to be around GBP13.5m. The exact cost depends on the option chosen as well as the design of the chosen bridge. This project will be funded from a variety of sources including: GBP5m from the Growth Deal; GBP3m from the Local Transport Body and GBP3.5m County Council funding. Around GBP2m of funding is yet to be identified.

Options

A feasibility study looked at seven locations for a bridge or bridge and bypass. Some of these options were ruled out as they were not buildable. The remaining three locations are listed below.

Location 1

The route is partly along the existing road. This bridge would be 7.6 metres above the existing road at its highest point (the height of the traffic would be up to an additional 2.5 metres above bridge railings). This construction would use mostly vertical stone embankments.

Advantages

  • Close to existing route
  • Less land required than Locations 2 and 3
  • Access to properties, brickworks and electrical sub-station unchanged

Disadvantages

  • Considerable roadworks required for the majority of the construction programme and at least one weekend closure of the road would be required during the works.
  • Significant disruption to local businesses as the land needed is currently in use.

Location 2

The route is very close to the existing road. This bridge would be 7.5 metres above the existing road at its highest point (the height of the traffic would be up to an additional 2.5 metres above bridge railings). This construction would use grassed embankments although due to limited space near a factory, some vertical embankments may be needed near the crossing on the north side.

Advantages:

  • Close to the existing route.
  • Less land required than Location 3.
  • Majority of the works can be completed without significant impact on traffic.
  • Access to properties and brickworks would remain unchanged.

Disadvantages:

  • Partial demolition of existing business premises may be needed.
  • More land required than Location 1.
  • Closer to some properties and buildings than the other locations.

Location 3

The route bypasses the existing road and is reached through roundabouts at both ends of the road. At the highest point the bridge would be 9.2m above the ground (the height of the traffic would be up to an additional 2.5 metres above bridge railings).

Advantages:

  • Further away from existing housing.
  • Minimal impact on existing traffic.
  • Very low impact on existing businesses.

Disadvantages

  • Slightly longer journey times than locations 1 and 2.
  • Construction would take up to three months longer than the other alternatives.
  • The whole of this route would require street lighting, due to rules requiring roundabouts to be lit and to stop sudden changes in light levels over short distances, which will have a significant visual impact on the area.

 

One Response to “Whittlesey, UK: Grade-separated options’ consultation under way”

  1. Miss M Waterfall January 10, 2015 at 14:31 #

    I live in Whittlesey on Stonald road how are us cyclist who works between stanground and Whittlesey supposed to cycle to one of the factories down Funthams lane going to get to work.The green wheel cycle route at night and winter is too dark,some cyclist go straight to Peterborough and some of us got to cut through the quarry works which is full of deep holes and no lights to get to the factories on that road.

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