Fed-up drivers closer to getting flyover at King’s Dyke rail crossing

Martin Harris, from Whittlesey, campaigning for a bridge over the A605 King's Dyke railway crossing. Photo: Paul Franks
Martin Harris, from Whittlesey, campaigning for a bridge over the A605 King's Dyke railway crossing. Photo: Paul Franks
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A £15 million flyover for a notorious congestion trap on the A605, east of Peterborough, could soon ease drivers’ woes.

More than two hundred people signed an online petition started this month, for a road bridge across King’s Dyke level crossing on the A605, outside Whittlesey.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet are now expected to support a plan for the bridge, which will bring a solution to the traffic problems caused by traffic barriers and made worse in bad weather.

Martin Harris (48), from Whittlesey, set up the campaign website kings-dyke-crossing.simplesite.com after his commute to Peterborough was doubled to a hour, by regular tailbacks from the crossing into Whittlesey.

He hoped the motorists’ petition will pile pressure on Cambridgeshire County Council, Fenland District Council and Whittlesey Town Council – which are conducting a study into delays at King’s Dyke – to announce a solution.

He said: “They are spending £10,000 on a study, but is it going to be all done just to appease?

“From the information I have gathered residents and motorists are completely fed up with the delays caused by the number of times that the King’s Dyke crossing is closed during the day.

“With the closure of North Bank and the B1040 the problems are amplified.

“This is because all traffic that would normally use these routes to get to the Eastern Industry area of Peterborough, has no option but to use the A605.”

County Council Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, Councillor Ian Bates, said: “The need for a solution to the traffic delays is clear and the situation will only get worse if as anticipated the number of trains using the crossing increase significantly in the future.

“I am pleased that the County Council has been able to find a way forward and identified a way of funding a joint scheme to bridge the King’s Dyke level crossing which can be developed further with Network Rail. This joint approach shows the County Council’s commitment to tackling major transport issues in the north of the county and we will push forward with this work as quickly as possible.”

Mr Harris’s Bridge petition is at www.ipetitions.com/petition/kings-dyke-bridge.