The Combined Authority is making preparations for the permanent closure of Kings Dyke Crossing.

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee of the Combined Authority is to ask for £1.9 million for the closure scheme following the official opening of a new road bridge over the railway, between Peterborough and Whittlesey.

The money, which is slightly less than the £2.1 million predicted in July 2022 to be needed for the closure, will be used to fill Star Pit to support the embankment for the new bridge.

The railway level crossing has caused much anguish to drivers during the more than 50 years that former Cllr Ralph Butcher campaigned to have it bypassed.

It provides a solution to the road traffic queues that used to build up at the crossing at King’s Dyke, and has been needed locally for many years.

The meeting of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Infrastructure Committee takes place tomorrow (September 14).