FENLANDER: New Nene Waterfront link road opens as phase 2 of pedestrianisation starts
THE Nene Waterfront Regeneration Project in Wisbech has taken another step forward with the completion of a new link road between Chase Street and Dehavilland Road.
Opened by Fenland District Council Leader Councillor Alan Melton and deputy leader Councillor Mac Cotterell MBE last Friday, the new road is designed to improve local traffic management and remove the current congestion problems caused by traffic leaving Nene Parade to join Freedom Bridge. Instead, traffic will now be able to join Lynn Road via a controlled junction at Dehavilland Road; once that junction is completed, traffic will be able to move much more safely and smoothly.
Cllr Cotterell said: “The opening of this link road is another important milestone for the Nene Waterfront Regeneration Project. It facilitates another access route to the Boathouse and Wisbech Police Station, and its completion has enabled phase II of the Nene Parade pedestrianisation to start, which will improve pedestrian and cycling access into the town from the northern residential area. We hope to have it finished around March 2011.”
The latest works were made possible by Fenland District Council’s successful funding bid to the Housing Growth Fund, which is administered through Cambridgeshire Horizons. The fund has given Fenland �1.7million for these infrastructure improvements.
The next stage of the project, which has started this month, will include the provision of new pedestrian crossings to Lynn Road and Freedom Bridge and the pedestrianisation of Nene Parade, which will continue the paved area from outside the Boathouse right up to the bridge.