Starting December 2017, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council will carry out repairs to 21 sections of road that have been damaged by drought. The work is expected to last until January 2019.
To allow for major road reconstruction, roads under this scheme will need to be closed 24 hours a day for 7 days a week. Further information for residents impacted by these works can be found here.
Further details on dates for these works and locations are listed in the timetable below. The dates listed are estimates only. This timetable will be updated closer to the work start dates.
|Road||Work due to start||Work duration||Status||Diversion|
|A1101 Mildenhall Rd, Littleport||19 February||9 weeks||Work complete||Diversion routes|
|B1095 Milk and Water Drove, Farcet||11 June 2018||1 week||Work complete||Diversion routes|
|B1040 Herne Road, Ramsey||16 July 2018||6 weeks in total. |
Phase One is four weeks. Phase Two (Holme Road junction) is two weeks.
|B1040 Ramsey Road, Whittlesey||28 August 2018||3 weeks|| |
|B1104 Prickwillow Road, Isleham||11 September 2018||4 weeks||Ongoing|
|A1123 Hill Row Causeway, Haddenham||17 September 2018||5 weeks||Ongoing|
|B1040 St Marys Road, Ramsey||18 September 2018||4 weeks||Ongoing|
|A1123 Newmarket & Dimmock’s Cote Road||11 October 2018||5 weeks|
|B1096 Benwick Road, Ramsey||16 October 2018||6 weeks|
|B1382 Mile End Road, Prickwillow||14 November 2018||3 weeks|
|A142 Stuntney Road, Ely||January 2019||5 weeks|
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.
Why is this work being carried out?
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.
What will the work involve?
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.
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.