Roadwork Misery for Morning Commuters

The A10 was subject to a near shut down this morning as Energetics Design & Build and AIM Utilities set up four way temporary traffic lights on a major Ely roundabout.

Traffic ground to a standstill this morning on the roundabout at Cam Drive and Columbine Road, just 50 metres from the A10 roundabout to Little Downham. And the bad news is that these roadworks are expected to continue till March.

In a blanket letter to local residents, Mark Attwood, Project Manager, states: “We will endeavour to keep the disruption to a minimum” – yet many people were queuing from Littleport and Little Downham for up to 45 minutes.
 
Many school children were also late for school as school transport was held up in the traffic. Ely College, The Lantern Community Primary School and Isle of Ely Primary School were all affected by the gridlocks.
The A10 was backed up beyond the Apple Garage for about 40 minutes.

Thousands of hours are being wasted from queuing and people are urged to plan alternative routes and leave earlier, especially during peak times. We timed the lights this morning and they were taking eight minutes per rotation of all four roads.
Spotted in Ely has approached Mr Attwood for a comment, “We have made changes to the traffic management, added more cones and arrows to help drivers and also adjusted the light timings. We so far have not heard of any issues tonight but will monitor the morning traffic as the guys arrive on site early.”
“We agreed the traffic management plan with the council last Wednesday and we have asked for up to 6 weeks but if all goes well we should be done in 4 and we hope that we will not need the 4 way temporary lights for the duration.”

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