Why is this work being carried out?
Starting December 2017, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council carried out repairs to 21 sections of road that have been damaged by drought. The roads chosen for this scheme are fen roads which were built on peaty soil, poor at bearing heavy loads. The foundations of these roads have now deteriorated to the point that speed restrictions, road diversions and closures are becoming necessary. This is leading to growing disruption for local residents and increasingly frequent road repairs.
In 2017, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council jointly submitted a bid to the Department of Transport to fund a long term solution and reconstruct these roads.
To see the documents submitted in support of this application, please see our Transport funding bid webpage.
This bid was successful and £3.5 million of Department of Transport funding was secured. In addition, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council topped up this fund to bring total investment in this project to £6.25 million.
- The works in Peterborough started 4 December 2017 and continued until February 2018. For more information on roads affected in Peterborough and duration of their works, see Peterborough City Council's Drought roads project webpage.
- In Cambridgeshire work started 19 February 2018 to 9 August 2019, further details are below.
Sections of roads highlighted red on the map are part of this scheme. In Cambridgeshire, these roads are Mildenhall Road, Hill Row Causeway, St. Marys Road, Heme Road, Milk and Water Drove, Prickwillow Road, Streatham Road, Stuntney Road, Ramsey Road, Mile End Road and Benwick Road
What the work involved?
The work will involve extensive road reconstruction. In many cases, we will need to dig deep to replace the foundations of the road so a solid sub-base can be put in place before we start rebuilding. We will reduce the weight of the road so the peaty fen soil can support it better and treat the road surface so it is less permeable during bad weather. General maintenance of vegetation, drainage, signage and road markings will be carried out alongside this construction.
Once this work is completed, the road will be more resilient against weather extremes. As a result, the need for reactive road maintenance will be reduced.
How will local residents be affected?
Residents and businesses in the area affected will receive a letter before the work is due to start detailing where the closure is, when the closure will happen and the duration of the works. Working hours for all the works will be Monday to Saturday from 7:30am to 5:30pm, however a full 24 hour road closure will be in place. Diversions will be signposted locally during the works and access to premises and farms within the closure will be maintained throughout whenever possible to minimise disruption.