THREE councils have joined forces to launch a feasibility study on ways to ease traffic congestion in and around Whittlesey.

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Cambridgeshire County Council, Fenland District Council and Whittlesey Town Council are working together and funding the study at a cost of £10,000. They will report back at the end of March.

Residents have complained about the amount of time the King’s Dyke railway crossing on the A605 in Whittlesey is closed to vehicles and the subsequent delay this causes to traffic travelling to and from Peterborough through the town.

Cambridge County Councillor for Whittlesey South and Fenland District Council Cabinet Member, Cllr Ralph Butcher, said: “The King’s Dyke crossing has long been recognised as a major cause of traffic congestion in and around the town and the delays are exacerbated when the alternative route along the B1040 is closed because of flooding, as it has been recently.

“I am pleased that the three local authorities are working closely together to look at possible solutions to the problems at this location.”

Cllr Kay Mayor, Mayor of Whittlesey and Chairman of Whittlesey Town Council, said: “Whittlesey Town Council is pleased to be able to work with the County and District Councils in funding the feasibility study and are hopeful that the outcome will see the situation resolved sooner rather than later.

“Residents have suffered considerably this winter, more so due to the flooding on the Washes and B1040, and this situation cannot continue.

“I am concerned that the situation at Kings Dyke crossing could become worse should more freight use the rail network, as has recently been indicated by Network Rail.”

A previous proposal for a bridge at King’s Dyke was dropped because of a lack of government funding.

The outcome of the current study will inform a decision on a potential bid for funding to help meet the cost any such scheme.

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