Residents consultation on King’s Dyke level crossing alternative routes

The three possible alternative routes for avoiding the King's Dyke level crossing in Whittlesey. Image: Cambridgeshire County Council
The three possible alternative routes for avoiding the King's Dyke level crossing in Whittlesey. Image: Cambridgeshire County Council
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Have your say

Residents can have their say on plans to alleviate traffic congestion at the King’s Dyke level crossing between Peterborough and Whittlesey during November.

Three consultation dates have been announced as part of plans to spend £13 million on a bridge to ease road congestion east of the city.

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

The number of vehicles which pass through the level crossing are put at 12,000 a day, but that can swell to 17,000 if the nearby North Bank is closed by flooding.

The figures were reported at a meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee.

The level crossing can be shut between eight and 25 minutes in any hour due to passing trains, with traffic being delayed up to seven minutes at a time.

The new bridge will go over the level crossing or to the north or south of it and is expected to be finished by 2017.

The council are calling the potential south route a bypass as it is further away from the level crossing than the north bridge option.

The consultation runs from today, 30 October until 15 December and follows a feasibility study into the different options.

Project officers will be available to answer questions about the scheme at three public exhibitions:

Thursday, 6 November, 3pm to 7.30pm at St John Ambulance, 2 Plough Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1LT

Tuesday, 18 November, 5pm to 7pm at Tesco Express, 110 Whittlesey Road, Stanground, Peterborough, PE2 8RJ

Wednesday, 26 November, 4pm to 7.30pm at Sir Harry Smith Community College, Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1XB

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Cambridgeshire County Councillor Martin Curtis said: “The possible replacement of the level crossing has been long awaited around Whittlesey and beyond.

“I urge everyone to return the questionnaire in November’s Discovering Whittlesey Magazine, or go online to fill it in and have their say on the bridge alternatives.”

The questionnaire and more on the proposals is available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/kingsdykecross.

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