Many residents who use the A605, particularly those who live in and around Whittlesey are impacted by delays at the King’s Dyke rail crossing which the proposed new bridge will address. I thought it might be helpful to give an update on the project.

Following the public consultation the design of the scheme has been refined and the documents and plans in support of a planning application are being finalised by Cambridgeshire County Council. It is anticipated that these will be submitted to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) which is Fenland District Council in the next two weeks. There then will be a period of consultation by the LPA with statutory stakeholders and neighbours which gives a programme of 13 weeks for determination, which should result in a decision in February or March 2016.

Once the application is submitted the detail of the procurement process and preparation for the contract documentation for the detailed design and construction will be agreed with the Project Board, so that the work can proceed as quickly as possible when the planning application is determined. Prior to the submission of the planning application the Project Manager is continuing to meet with stakeholders, such as Network Rail and Planning and Environmental Health officers at Fenland District Council, about the project.

In December the County Council will be meeting with some of the affected landowners with a view to minimise impacts of the project. The County Council will be also meeting with Network Rail to discuss access to their land for construction and installation or the bridge needed to cross the rail line.

The bridge is due to be completed by the summer of 2017. This is of course dependent on the plans not being subject to a public inquiry and the agreements with Network Rail being successfully concluded. The new crossing will bring significant benefits, particularly for commuters from Whittlesey to Peterborough, and I will continue to monitor progress in the months ahead.

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