Preparatory work for the Kings Dyke level crossing closure project starts this week with the relocation of high voltage underground electricity cables.
It won’t be possible to see much activity from the road, but fencing will also be going up next week in preparation for UK Power Networks to move a second cable in the New Year.
Cambridgeshire County Council has now completed all necessary land acquisitions and is working with Kier, the Contractor that will deliver the scheme, to start construction work in late February 2019.
Archaeological trench digging by Kier will also begin next week (Monday 10 December), which will determine the location, age, condition and significance of any archaeological remains that could be uncovered by the road scheme.
These first steps to enable construction to begin for the improvements to the A605 at Kings Dyke, follow the approval of additional funding required for the scheme by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority at its Executive Board in October.
Cllr Steve Count, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council said: “This major scheme for a new road and bridge over the railway will help to bring significant economic benefits to the area, and it’s fantastic that we’re now at the stage where the project can progress to the construction phase.
“The existing level crossing and its barriers have caused significant delays to traffic travelling between Whittlesey and Peterborough for years, and future plans to increase trains along the route would only further worsen these delays. The new road will bypass the existing level crossing meaning traffic won’t have to stop when it closes, as well as providing a way to manage the predicted increase in vehicle numbers that are anticipated with planned local growth.”
Cllr David Connor, Chairman of the Kings Dyke Project Board and local member for Whittlesey South, said: “Along with Cllr Ralph Butcher, Cllr Martin Curtis, and Cllr Chris Boden, I have been campaigning for this important scheme to go ahead for many years.
“Between us, we’ve been involved in many meetings and I am very pleased that we are now in a position to be going ahead and look forward to the economic prosperity this project will bring to the local area.
“Cambridgeshire County Council, working with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is committed to making these much-needed improvements to the A605 to benefit local residents and commuters. They will be especially beneficial in bad weather when North Bank floods, easing congestion and reducing travel time between Whittlesey and Peterborough.”
The new road and bridge is expected to open in December 2020.