Fenland bridge begins to take shape as rebuilding scheme makes progress

WORK is now well underway on a massive bridge rebuilding scheme linking Whittlesey and Peterborough.

The old Northey Gravel Bridge along North Bank has been demolished and preparations for a new two lane structure have begun, with a temporary footbridge being installed.

The 22-week rebuilding contract had been delayed, with wildlife laws prohibiting a moorhen from being dispersed from its nest in the area.

But work on the bridge, which is a key route from Whittlesey to Peterborough, is now making steady progress.

Completion of the scheme cannot come quick enough for some residents who are frustrated with traffic problems in the area.

Gillian Green, who lives in Whittlesey, said: “I’m sure I’m not the only Whittlesey resident who is weary of queueing to and from work in Peterborough every morning and evening.

“With the closure of North Bank Road for 22 weeks the volume of traffic is huge and it is so frustrating having to try and race the trains as the railway barriers go up and down every few minutes at Kings Dyke.

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“If the Wash Road floods too we will all come to a standstill. Is there no-one on the council who is prepared to take up the challenge and press for another road?”

It is hoped that the rebuilding work will be completed by January next year.

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