Whittlesey is in more desperate need for railway crossing flyover than Ely
ON Teletext I read that Cambridgeshire County Council was considering funding for a flyover/bridge at Ely to relieve congestion at the railway crossing on the A142.
I find it incredible that this should apparently be taking preference over a bridge at the A605 King’s Dyke railway crossing near Whittlesey.
I use both routes regularly and the congestion and waiting time at King’s Dyke is far in excess of that at Ely. Cars do not even have a major problem at Ely - if the HGVs leave a gap cars can proceed without any delay.
Compare this with peak time queues at King’s Dyke in excess of a quarter of a mile.
As winter approaches and the Whittlesey Wash route to Peterborough becomes impassable through flooding these queues get infinitely worse.
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The problems at King’s Dyke are not going to go away. This railway route is designated to get busier with the increased traffic in and out of Whitemoor (and I hear rumour that the sleeper operations currently at Dowmac Tallington may move there), the enhanced gauging of the Felixstowe-Nuneaton freight route and the dualling of the single track between Ely and Soham to allow even more frequent freight trains.
This extremely busy crossing is about to get busier.
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Many years ago, probably in the early 70s, I remember then councillor Mick Speechley promising a bridge there. What happened? Nothing yet and still waiting after 40 years.
R A BURNHAM
79, Station Road