Replacement for Kings 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.
On 10 August 2017 it was agreed at Economy and Environment Committee to appoint Kier as the contractor to carry out the detailed engineering design of the scheme. The scheme will require significant earthworks, ground stabilisation and a bridge to be constructed over the railway line, which can only be closed for very short periods of time. The process needs careful design and planning and construction is likely to start later in the year.
In February 2018 officers started carrying out land surveys and ground investigations on-site to finalise the design in preparation for construction. These surveys will provide information about soil conditions, which is crucial for construction design. For more information, see this news release.
Further investigations are taking place in early April 2018. Small trial holes will be dug to record the exact locations and depths of any underground pipes or cables, to find out if they need diverting or protecting before the construction phase of the project begins.
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.
Side Roads Order
For this scheme to be built Cambridgeshire County Council must make a number of improvements and alterations to the highway network and this requires a Side Roads Order to be made. A Side Roads Order (SRO) is a statutory order authorising the highway authority to make alterations to the highway network.
Any person may object to the proposed SRO stating their reasons for doing so, by writing to the Secretary of State for Transport, National Transport Casework Team, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7AR or [email protected], quoting the scheme reference, KD/SRO/MK.
Objections must be received by 24 July 2018.
In submitting an objection it should be noted that your personal data and correspondence will be passed to the County to enable your objection to be considered. If you do not wish your personal data to be forwarded, please state your reasons when submitting your objection and the Secretary of State will copy your representations, with your name and address removed to the County, and if there is to be a Public Local Inquiry they will be seen by the Inspector who may give them less weight as a result
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.
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:
Visualisations of the works post construction
For further information, please contact [email protected] or telephone 01223 699069