King’s Dyke level crossing set for £17m replacement

The Kings Dyke level crossing on the A605 between Peterborough and Whittlesey. Photo: Alan Storer/Peterborough Telegraph
The Kings Dyke level crossing on the A605 between Peterborough and Whittlesey. Photo: Alan Storer/Peterborough Telegraph
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Nearly £17 million could be spent on replacing the King’s Dyke level crossing between Whittlesey and Peterborough after strong public support.

Councillors agreed on Tuesday (3 February) to push forward with a bridge and bypass to the south of the level crossing.

A consultation by Cambridgeshire County Council saw 58 per cent of the respondents show approval for the option which could cost £16.9 million, including contingencies for unforeseen circumstances.

Residents were asked to choose from three options overall with 827 responses coming into the council.

It is anticipated 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 £5 million from the Growth Deal, £3 million from the Local Transport Body and £3.5 million from county council funding.

A planning application will now be put forward in the summer.

Councillor Martin Curtis, member for Whittlesey North at the council, said: “Whittlesey residents have been blighted by this crossing which, combined with flooding, can bring the whole town to a grinding halt.

“I‘m really pleased to see the results of the survey and look forward to this scheme moving forward.”

Cllr Ralph Butcher, member for Whittlesey South, said: “I am pleased there was a good response to the consultation and that there is a majority in favour of one of the options.”

Alistair Frost, project manager, said: “We’re really pleased with the level of response from local residents.

“The overwhelming message we’ve received is that there’s a lot of support for an alternative to the level crossing especially one which will improve links to business sites.”

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