Work is progressing well on the £36 million Ely Southern Bypass that will ease congestion in and around Ely by providing a new link between Stuntney Causeway and Angel Drove to the south of the city.
The new route will remove the need for heavy goods vehicles to use the railway level crossing, and avoid an accident-prone low-bridge.
As part of the project, work to move a high voltage electricity cable is taking longer than anticipated and the new road will now open late summer 2018.
The current phase of the project involves the careful removal of an overhead high voltage electricity cable that supplies local homes and businesses. The overhead cable will be replaced with an underground cable and requires contractors to drill under the railway line to lay the new cable. This is challenging work and minimising disruption to electricity supply while ensuring safety remains vital.
Our contractor, VolkerFitzpatrick, is continuing to progress well with the earthwork for the embankments, improving the state of the poor ground and piled foundations for the 300m long river bridge.
Cllr Ian Bates, chairman of the County Council’s Economy and Environment committee, said: “There is no doubt Ely Southern Bypass will improve transport in the area and ease congestion in Ely and I fully recognise the desire to get it open as soon as possible.
“The scheme is progressing well and we have been working closely with UK Power Networks and Network Rail. The project team is working to quickly and safely resolve any issues that arise with a project of this complexity.
“Moving this major electricity supply is challenging work as it affects both electricity supplies and the railway.”