Funding of up to £1million pounds was approved yesterday to investigate junction improvements at various locations around Cambridgeshire.
Councillors discussed ways to cut congestion across the County including a range of improvements, roundabouts in Ely, junctions in Newmarket and Huntingdon, and for various junctions in March,
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee gave the green light for transport study funding that will be used to explore and where possible develop options to address existing congestion issues. The aim is to develop schemes so they are ready for implementation as and when further funding opportunities arise.
Initial work on schemes at three junctions in St Ives (A1096 / Meadow Lane roundabout, A1123 / B1040 and A1123 / Harrison Way roundabouts and the B1090 / A1123 Houghton Road) plus the A10/A142 roundabout in Ely, was approved for further development by the County Council.
The work that was agreed is in addition to the programme of feasibility studies and business case development announced by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in October 2017.
The March junction improvements package is one such Combined Authority funded project, which will involve feasibility studies plus testing of options for improvements to a key set of junctions on the A141 and B1101, and the feasibility of the second phase of a Northern Link Road.
The study that is currently being commissioned for the town will assess the requirement for the March Northern Link Road in combination with other schemes in and around March. This scheme will have benefits in terms of reducing traffic moving through the town centre and improving accessibility for the planned employment growth area outlined in the Local Plan in the north west of March.
Cllr Steve Count, local councillor for March and Leader of the County Council, said: “I’m very pleased that a package of measures will be looked at to reduce congestion in March.
“We have to find a way to allow these junctions to flow better that will ease and reduce traffic flow through the town centre, not just to reduce congestion but also vital to improve safety and support our aims of improving air quality.”
“Tackling congestion, addressing existing capacity problems and attempting to reduce traffic moving through March will not only support and enable future planned growth but will undoubtedly improve the lives of those already living, visiting and working here.”
Other schemes the County Council are working on in partnership with the Combined Authority that are still at the feasibility study stage, but with additional future funding will be a step closer to being delivered in the next five to ten years, include the Wisbech Access Study Package, Coldhams Lane roundabout improvements, Soham Station, A10 Foxton Level Crossing, the St Neots cycle bridge and Cambridge South Station.