It’s finally underway, the build of the long awaited Ely Southern Bypass began officially, and now you get the chance to see it being constructed with limited tour dates.
The bypass project has met some challenges already in the endeavour to get the much-needed road built which see a shortcut created between 2 points of the A142 which avoid queues at Ely Station and should prevent other vehicles hitting the underpass.
A public exhibition was held in Ely Cathedrals Conference Centre to reveal the final plans for the build.
During 2014 there were 15 vehicle strikes, and currently, the rail crossing is closed for 35 minutes per hour, and this is due to increase to 40 minutes.
Of the 15,000 vehicles that are currently using the A142 through Ely, 1200 are heavy commercial vehicles and creates queues often reach beyond Stuntney. The bypass should provide a new convenient alternative route.
The yet to be named road will be 1.7km long and designed to be a 60mph speed limit. Despite original plans including an underpass for cyclist and pedestrians, after completing a traffic survey, only 20 per day foot and cycling activity were averaged, and so the underpass was scrapped and will be replaced by a traffic controlled crossing.
As part of Build UK’s ‘Open Doors’ event, a scheme in place to encourage young people into the construction industry, Volker Fitzpatrick, the company assigned to complete works is offering trips around the site. You can book a place at http://opendoors.construction/site/451 for March 28th. Places are filling fast so book early.
Cambridgeshire County Council also want your help in naming the road. They have a few options so far including “The Herewards Causeway” but could you think of another. Suggestions in the comments on the Facebook page.