Have your say on Wisbech transport schemes
Posted: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:39 by Susanah Farmer
Have your say on Wisbech transport schemes
Residents are being asked to have their say on future improvements to the Wisbech transport network to help unlock £10.5 million of government funding.
A consultation has been launched on the Wisbech Access Strategy, a package of individual transport schemes aiming to address existing transport issues, increase local road capacity and reduce accidents while supporting future housing and job growth.
Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council are seeking the public's view on the individual improvement schemes, and the short, medium and long-term packages of schemes proposed.
The schemes were developed using £1 million of feasibility study funding from the government, awarded via the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to support the growth and regeneration of Wisbech.
The LEP has also agreed a further allocation of £10.5 million from its Local Growth Fund to deliver a package of five transport schemes by 2021.
Schemes that have been shown to be needed first, to drive development and address local transport issues, include a scheme to replace the staggered junction at Broad End Road with a roundabout and another to improve the A47/Elm High Road roundabout.
Other projects include creating a Southern Access Road linking New Bridge Lane and Boleness Road, improvements to the Weasenham Lane/Ramnoth Road junction and signal improvements to the New Bridge Lane/Cromwell Road junction.
Additional projects, to be delivered by 2026, include creating the southern section of a new Western Link Road, relocating the A47/Elm High Road roundabout further east and improving Freedom Bridge roundabout and the bus station, while a long-term project is to create the northern section of the new Western Link Road by 2031.
The consultation runs until Monday, November 27, and includes three consultation events where members of the public can find out more about the Wisbech Access Strategy and fill-in a survey. The events will be held on:
- Monday, November 6, Walsoken Village Hall, 10.30am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm.
- Friday, November 17, Wisbech Market Place, 9am to 12noon.
- Friday, November 17, Tesco Extra (Cromwell Road, 3pm to 7pm.
Paper copies of the survey are also available to view and complete at Fenland District Council's Wisbech @ your service shop, Tesco Extra, the Oasis Centre and Awdry House in Wisbech, Leverington Sports Club, Walsoken Church and Emneth Village Hall.
Following the consultation, information gathered will be presented in a report to Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Wisbech Town Council in December 2017 and January 2018 and recommendations for the Wisbech Access Strategy put forward.
A final recommendation will then be taken to the LEP Board for approval of the £10.5m Local Growth funding to deliver the schemes.
Councillor Simon King, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: "Securing Local Growth Funding from the LEP for the Wisbech Access Strategy is a great accomplishment of the Wisbech 2020 Vision which is about working together to build a better future for the town.
"The strategy will enable us to increase local road capacity, reduce accidents and maximise access arrangements to deliver future housing and jobs growth. By taking part in the public consultation, residents can help shape the future transport improvements needed."
Councillor Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council's Chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee, said: "This is a real opportunity for local people to have their say on existing transport issues which will in turn support the growth and regeneration of Wisbech.
"I would urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation by filling out the survey or by going along to one of the consultation events to make their views heard on improving the transport network for the future."
Mark Reeve, Chairman of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, said: "Our Local Growth Fund is focused on overcoming key barriers to economic growth, which is why it's important that local people and businesses get involved in this consultation process to channel this infrastructure funding into the right road projects for Wisbech."