Kier has today been announced as the successful preferred bidder for a design and build contract for Cambridgeshire County Council’s proposed Kings Dyke improvement scheme.

In March 2016 the Council’s planning committee approved the scheme which will see a new road and bridge over the Ely to Peterborough railway line crossing at Kings Dyke on the A605 between Whittlesey and Peterborough. The existing level crossing will be closed. The new route to the south will include new roundabouts at Funtham’s Lane and the brickworks access road. At a public consultation this route had the support of the majority of respondents as well as a number of local businesses and Whittlesey Town Council.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Economy and Environment Committee, Councillor Ian Bates said “We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our consultation on this scheme so we know it’s something that residents are really desperate for and solves the congestion arising from the level crossing, which will grow as a result of increasing  rail traffic. It will also reduce use of the nearest alternative route on minor roads which are frequently flooded. We’re delighted that we can now announce the contractor and move to this next stage for the benefit of residents and businesses in the area.”

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Local Member for Whittlesey South, Councillor David Connor said “I am very pleased that a contractor has been chosen. Local people have been looking for a solution to the problems caused by the level crossing for a long time and it is their wish to see the scheme delivered as quickly and smoothly as possible. It will be a huge benefit to the people of Fenland and further afield.”

A detailed six month design process will now start on the detail of the scheme and council officers will work closely with Kier and their designers Ramboll.

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