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Development area transport studies - East and North West

A47 Thorney to Wisbech Walton Highway- Initial Options Assessment

Initial Options Assessment for the A47 Thorney to Wisbech Walton was undertaken in partnership with Fenland District Council.

This high level options assessment was undertaken by local partners both to complement and feed into the National Highways (formerly Highways England) work on the A47 options. This work was discussed and agreed with National Highways to ensure fit with their Route Based Strategy work.

This high level study considered a range of options for dualling the A47 as outlined in the study, considering dualling options from Thorney to Guyhirn and Guyhirn to Wisbech and for particular stretches such as Wisbech to Walton Highway, and also considered the potential impacts of a replacement roundabout at Elm High Road roundabout.

The Study concluded that dualling of the route offers poor or low value for money. The main factors affecting this are that the road is mainly operating within capacity and the construction costs for improvements are expected to be high, given conditions.

Although the report is in more detail than any investigation previously carried out by National Highways, it is broadly in line with their findings which show that the benefits to dualling this section of the A47 are to be had in future years rather than currently as the route is generally operating within capacity.

We will continue to work with National Highways to develop improvements on the A47 in Cambridgeshire and in particular at Guyhirn Junction A47/A141 which was highlighted as a scheme in the Road Investment Strategy December 2014.

The Wisbech Access Study will investigate potential improvements to the A47 roundabouts on the Wisbech Bypass to see how these can be bettered to support growth in Wisbech.

Heavy Goods Vehicle Diamond Area Report - November 2020

On 23 May 2019, our Economy and Environment Committee allocated funding to investigate Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) movements in the 'diamond' area between the A10, A142, former A14 and A141. The Committee also appointed five councillors to a Member Steering Group (MSG) to oversee the work. You can find the committee report (agenda item 7) on our Cambridgeshire CMIS website.

The MSG has led the work presented below and notes that it is a summary of the analysis carried out to date. The aims of the study are as follows:

  • To gather information on the level of HGV traffic using the roads within the study area
  • Identify the origin and destination of the identified HGV traffic
  • Consider what interventions can be introduced to reduce the number of HGVs using the A1123 and other roads in the 'diamond' area and lessen the impact on the communities in the study area
  • Provide a narrative to the public to help the understanding of HGV movements in the area

The report is a summary of the data analysis that has been completed. The initial focus of the data analysis was the A1123, as this is the road that has the highest number of HGVs in the 'diamond' area. Subsequent analysis looked at the wider routing of HGVs through the 'diamond' area.