Why does Guyhirn roundabout need a multi million pound upgrade?

A47 Guyhirn to Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

A47 Guyhirn to Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Fenland councillors queried why Guyhirn roundabout has been earmarked for a multi million pound upgrade.

Members of the district council’s overview and scrutiny committee questioned why the roundabout had been awarded the upgrade as part of a major government investment in roads.

Councillor Kit Owen said: “I am sceptical as to why it is needed, as far as I can see there is not a lot wrong with Guyhirn roundabout. They say it is a pinch point but I’m not convinced.”

He suggested there were worse pinch points including Elme Hall roundabout at Wisbech which would benefit drivers far more if it were given an upgrade.

Councillor Simon King added: “I basically agree with Cllr Owen. Can I suggest that if everybody is in agreement that we write to highways expressing our serious concern at the amount of money being spent on Guyhirn unnecessarily . There are more important priorities in the Wisbech area.”

However, Portfolio holder Councillor Ralph Butcher said Guyhirn roundabout was a pinch point and the work was needed to help traffic congestion and he would not agree to Cllr King’s suggestion.

He agreed Elme Hall roundabout was also a pinch point and said Fenland council would continue to push for that to be improved.

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