Ely Southern Bypass is still reaping the benefits one year later as it celebrates its one-year anniversary.
On Halloween in 2018 the new road over the River Great Ouse and two railway lines in Ely officially opened.
The bypass, which opened on 31 October 2018, continues to benefit the local community and one transport company has noticed a considerable difference.
Turners of Soham say it’s saving them thousands of wasted hours and reducing their carbon emissions.
Paul Day, Managing Director at Turners said: “The bypass is a superb enhancement for Ely, living south of the area means that life has eased so much as a result with traffic moving constantly and no blockages at the station gates.
“It has been hugely beneficial for us and more importantly, our customers. They now have fresh produce being shipped faster to market – benefitting all involved.”
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Economy and Environment Committee, Cllr Ian Bates said: “I’m delighted to hear the bypass is boosting the economy and transport for local people, I’m regularly being told how much people value it.
“The bypass was built to bring great benefits to the city, help ease congestion, reduce journey times and boost local businesses, so to hear Ely Southern Bypass’ long-term aspiration is being fulfilled is great news.”
Ely Southern Bypass is a 1.7km single carriageway with a viaduct crossing the Great Ouse and a bridge over two railway lines.
In total, around 2,092 tonnes of steel was used, 17,000 tonnes of asphalt laid and approx. 180,000m3 of clay, over half of which was sourced from a local farm in Stuntney.