The 2001 Local Transport Plan identified that the King's Dyke level crossing in Whittlesey was in need of replacement.
A new scheme is required to allow for housing and job growth within Whittlesey, as well as reducing journey times for those who use the route.
In peak periods, the level crossing barrier can be down for between 12 and 23 minutes per hour, resulting in significant delays to traffic. Future plans by the rail industry to increase the number of trains travelling along the route are set to further increase traffic delays.
We conducted a public consultation in 2014 on proposals to replace the level crossing. 95% of respondents supported the scheme.
58% of respondents, as well as some local businesses and Whittlesey Town Council, supported a route which would bypass the existing level crossing to the south. It involves creating two new roundabouts at Funthams Lane and the brickworks access road.
The scheme requires significant earthworks, ground stabilisation and construction of a bridge over the railway line, which can only close for very short periods of time.
A number of improvements and alterations to the highway network must be made to build this scheme. The work requires a Side Roads Order, which is a statutory order authorising the council to make alterations to the highway network. An order has been approved by the Secretary of State for Transport.
Current stage of project
On Monday 20 July 2020, an official start of works ceremony was held. Work has now begun five months early and will include building a new road and bridge over the Ely to Peterborough railway line. The level crossing will be permanently closed as part of the work.
Work has begun on the earthworks which involves bringing in materials to construct the embankment that the new road will be built on and this work will continue through the summer. The main site compound will be built next month and, later this year, the focus will be on the structure for the underpass and bridge.
Starting 30 July 2020, there is a two week closure on the A605 being put in place by Lindum Homes for their local housing development. Jones Bros, our appointed contractor, will be taking the opportunity to carry out underground utility work at the same time to minimise disruption to the public.
All construction activity will comply with the Coronavirus restrictions and national construction site operating procedures.
Read our news release - "Construction starts on King's Dyke five months early".
Timeline of project so far
The current approved scheme budget of £32 million is made up of funding from:
- Cambridgeshire County Council
- Growth Deal funding approved by the former Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority's (CPCA) Transforming Cities Fund
There is a separate £1.5 million Covid-19 contingency budget to fund any additional costs directly associated with the project caused by the impact of Coronavirus.
Frequently asked questions
For more information about the scheme, please email Transport.Delivery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or telephone 01223 699 069.
Documents relating to the scheme are available to view below, including Side Roads Orders, options assessments and feasibility reports.
Jones Bros will produce a quarterly newsletter about the King's Dyke level crossing project.