Councillors have given the green light for a public consultation on three options to remove the congestion blighted bottle neck at King's Dyke rail crossing in Whittlesey.

Members of the Economy and Environment Committee agreed residents will have their say this November on three possibilities for the £13 million scheme ready for construction in 2016.

The committee heard how around 12,000 cars use the crossing a day but this can swell to 17,000 if the nearby North Bank is closed to flooding. At the same time there are around 120 train movements meaning the level crossing is often closed to traffic on a main arterial route in and out of Fenland.

Congestion is expected to rise as more train services are forecast to use the crossing.

A study has identified significant benefits of a scheme to close the level crossing.  Seven possible options have been investigated and Committee heard how three of these were considered deliverable in engineering terms and will now be consulted on.

These include:

"¢ Building partly on the current road line, contiguous to the existing highway keeping one or more main line traffic lane flowing under traffic control during construction.
"¢ off line alignment to the north
"¢ off line alignment to the south

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee, said: "The Committee unanimously agreed to recommend the three options go forward for public consultation. This level crossing is a real bottleneck and can cause traffic chaos, especially when the North Bank is flooded. We are glad to be able to work with partners to bring this scheme forward which will not only help traffic flow but help improve the local economy."

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