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Councillors are set to consider options for the future of a Whittlesey transport project at a meeting of the Economy and Environment Committee taking place in the town next week.

The need for a scheme to replace the current level crossing was identified in the 2001 Local Transport Plan and is needed to allow for housing and job growth within the town as well as reducing journey times for those that use the route. In peak periods the level crossing barrier can be down for between 12 and 23 minutes per hour, resulting in significant delays to traffic.

Options outlined to the committee are also being discussed with local residents at a public event on Monday (12 August) being held at the Whittlesey Christian Church on Broad Street.

Given delays and price increases that have been experienced with the current contractor Kier, the recommendation of the report is to go ahead with the project along the current route but to re-procure the contract using the design that has been developed over the last two years. The report notes that although this will mean the project is delivered later than originally planned, it will be significantly quicker than if other route options for the road are considered and will allow the market to be tested to ensure the price to build the scheme is competitive.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Economy and Environment Committee, Councillor Ian Bates said “We’ll be looking at all the options put forward in the report. We know this scheme is vital for the local community and the residents of Peterborough and we’ve worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to move it forward and secure Government funding. The public consultation in 2014 showed us that 95% of respondents supported the scheme and 58% preferred the route we chose to take on. The problems along the route aren’t going away and we’re fully committed to ensuring the future of the project is carefully considered and that we agree the best way forward, considering both time and the use of tax payers money.”

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