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 6 months until June 2018. 

To allow for major road reconstruction, a number of roads will need to be closed. Further details can be found on the timetable below. The dates listed are estimates only. This timetable will be updated closer to the work start dates.


RoadWork due to start
A1101 Mildenhall Rd, Littleport  End of January 2018
B1040 Heme Road, Ramsey February 2018
B1095 Milk and Water Drove, Farcet  February 2018
B1104 Prickwillow Road, Isleham March 2018
A1123 Stretham Road, Wicken  March 2018
B1040 Ramsey Road, Whittlesey March 2018
A142 Stuntney, Ely April 2018
B1382 Mile End Road, Prickwillow April 2018
B1096 Benwick Road, Ramsey April 2018
B1040 St Marys Road, Ramsey May 2018
A1123 Hill Row Causeway, Haddenham May 2018


The works in Peterborough start 4 December 2017 and continue 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

Map of roads affected by the scheme

Sections of roads highlighted red are part of this scheme. Click the image to see a large version

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

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.

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. As a full 24 hour road closure is needed, diversions will be put in place during the works but access to premises and farms within the closure will be maintained throughout whenever possible to minimise disruption.  

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