Detailed design work for the level crossing replacement scheme at King's Dyke on the A605 between Whittlesey and Peterborough is nearing completion, and the project is now in a position to progress to the next stage.
The scheme, to build a new road and bridge over the Ely to Peterborough railway line, will be discussed by members of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee, at the meeting on Thursday 11 October, to consider the contract award for stage two and approval to finalise land purchases - subject to securing the necessary increase in funding.
Whilst the overall budget required has increased from earlier estimates to just under £30m, an independent review of the project and construction costs
Cllr Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee, said: “This is a much bigger venture than anyone first imagined. Understanding this from the start, we’ve followed a robust process by undertaking a detailed design phase before considering costs of awarding the construction contract. This is to minimise the risk of cost increases during construction and to confirm that the project will still provide excellent value for money, which I am pleased to say it does.
“This first phase has now been completed and verified, resulting in a number of significant changes to the initial design that have become necessary as more information from investigative groundwork and traffic surveys was gathered.
“We’ve worked with an external consultant to review the information and wholeheartedly believe that this project is of incredible value to the residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as the scheme will support plans for
“The benefits of the scheme remain high so if the recommendation is approved at Committee to progress to the next stage, we will be looking to the Combined Authority for its support as the transport authority to jointly fund the scheme.”
Committee Members will be asked to approve the award of the stage two construction contract to Kier, along with completion of land purchases, subject to the approval of the additional funding required by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority at its Executive Board on 31 October 2018.