A planning application to bypass the existing congestion blighted King's Dyke level crossing at Whittlesey and provide a new alignment for the A605 has been submitted.

The plans, by Cambridgeshire County Council, include providing a new alignment for the A605 linking to the existing road at the McCain's and the Hanson's site accesses by creating new roundabouts.

Currently 12,000 vehicles use this section of the A605 each day. There are also currently 120 train movements across the level crossing per day, resulting in an overall delay at the crossing of between 8 and 25 minutes in each hour.

The proposed replacement is set to reduce overall delays, currently caused by the level crossing in Whittlesey at an estimated cost of around £17 million.

A public consultation on proposals to replace the King's Dyke level crossing near Whittlesey took place from 30 October to 15 December, 2014. 95% of the 827 survey responses supported the replacement of the level crossing. There was an overwhelming preference for the option of bypassing the level crossing, which was the option with the least impact on traffic during construction.

The bypass would be a single carriageway road built to modern high standards, joining the existing A605 at the new roundabouts.

Should the planning application be granted approval it is forecast that works could be completed in 2017.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of Economy and Environment Committee, said: "Submitting this planning application is a long awaited. The suggested replacement of the level crossing is welcome by residents and businesses around Whittlesey and beyond. It is part of the County Council working to reduce congestion and help support the local community and economy. This road is a major artery and it is essential that it is improved."

More information on the scheme is available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/kingsdykecross

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