Development area transport studies - East and North West

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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  Highways England (previously the Highways Agency) work on the A47 options. This work was discussed and agreed with Highways England 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 Highways England, 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 Highways England 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.