Replacement for King's Dyke level crossing in Whittlesey
On 10 March 2016 the Planning Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council approved plans to build a new crossing at Kings Dyke on the A605 between Whittlesey and Peterborough. This followed the County Council's Economy and Environment Committee approval of plans to replace the congested Kings Dyke level crossing in 2015.
Officers started carrying out land surveys and ground investigations on site in early January. These surveys will provide information about soil conditions, which is crucial for construction design.
A tender inviting companies to bid for this multi-million pound project will go out in March 2017. After a 10 week period, officers will evaluate the bids and then make an announcement when a contractor is chosen. The successful bidder will work with County Council officers to draw up detailed designs for the bridge and bypass prior to the start of works.
The Compulsory Purchase Orders necessary to buy the land needed for the scheme are also being prepared and these orders will go out soon. The Orders will advertise the County Council’s intentions to buy the land for the statutory notification period.
Officers anticipate that works could start on site at King’s Dyke by Autumn 2017, subject to CPO objections and Network Rail permissions.
The route chosen (see map below) bypasses the existing level crossing to the south. It involves the creation of two new roundabouts at Funthams Lane and the brickworks access road. In the public consultation, this route was labelled Location 3 and had the support of a majority of respondents (58%) as well as a number of local businesses and Whittlesey Town Council.
A public consultation on proposals to replace the King’s Dyke level crossing near Whittlesey took place from 30 October to 15 December, 2014.
827 responses were received to the consultation survey with 95% of respondents stating their support for replacing the level crossing.
Location 3, the option for a bridge and bypass of the crossing around buildings to the south, received the support of a majority of respondents (58%). Locations 1 and 2 gained 17% and 23% of preferences respectively.
Cost of the scheme
The latest technical estimates from the Council’s consultants suggest the cost of replacing the level crossing at Location 3 may be up to £16.9m, including contingencies for unforeseen circumstances. It is anticipated that as the scheme develops and a number of risks are removed, the overall cost of the project will be reduced. The majority of funding has already been allocated with £5m from the Growth Deal, £3m from the Local Transport Body and £3.5m County Council funding.
With planning approval having been granted and surveys underway, work will now begin to tender the design and build contract with the completion of the scheme projected to be in 2018.
Feasibility and option assessment work
If you would like to read about the options work (including the six options that were deemed to be unfeasible) in more detail please see the feasibility report (below). In the reports Location 1 is listed as 3a, Location 2 is 4 and Location 3 is option 5. Options were renamed in the consultation materials for clarity.
Further work was then undertaken to assess the three feasible options in more detail: