Here you can find some of your Frequently Asked Questions about the March Future High Streets Fund regeneration schemes.

If you have a question regarding the schemes that isn't answered below, come along to one of our drop-in events at March Library or email Matt Wright, High Street Project Manager, at mwright@fenland.gov.uk

How will reducing two lanes of northbound traffic into one lane on Broad Street speed up traffic flow?

The road layout has been specifically designed to reduce congestion and standing traffic; two key findings from the public consultation undertaken in 2019. The aim is to keep traffic flowing through the town whilst reducing lengthy stops. The net benefit of this design will be a reduction in pollution, congestion and wait times for drivers.

Watch our real-time video simulating traffic modelled across three weeks of surveying the town traffic. The model shows a typical day at 17.30pm and has exactly the same amount of traffic input into the system at the same time. This modelling software (VISSIM) in used nationwide when designing traffic management systems. Further information can also be found on our Broad Street Traffic Modelling page.

The town is gridlocked when there is a traffic incident on the bypass. Will the new road layout and roundabout be able to cope with the extra traffic in such instances?

Without the new road layout, traffic through the Broad Street northern junction will become more congested as the town grows, leading to a dysfunctional junction.

The revised approach with the large mini-roundabout improves the function of this junction with current and future traffic flow. This is demonstrated by traffic modelling based on detailed analysis of existing issues with the junction and comprehensive traffic assessments undertaken as part of the March Area Transport Study.

Should there be an event causing higher-than-average traffic, the new junction layout will operate better with higher traffic flow than the current existing layout.

How can you semi-pedestrianise the town when this is the only road through? Surely another road needs building around the town first?

As part of the Government's Future High Streets Fund programme, only town centre locations were eligible for investment. Longer term plans are in place as part of the March Area Transport Strategy for extensions to the road network around March, however they remain without funding at present.

The Future High Streets funding allocated to March is solely for the delivery of this scheme and cannot be used on other projects.

Will be there be enough town centre parking, particularly for disabled people, if parking is removed from the centre of Broad Street?

There is currently only one disabled parking bay within the Broad Street/riverside area, located next to the toilets on the pavement. This space will be relocated as an additional space in Gray's Lane. The parking on Broad street is currently only 30-minute short stay. These 14 bays will be removed to provide a safer, more enhanced space for pedestrians, and City Road car park will be expanded to cover the loss of some of these spaces.

The three disabled spaces on the Market Place are also being retained in the Market Place scheme.

Will there be better shops in the town?

Part of the March Future High Streets Fund programme includes a Vacant Unit Activation Scheme which offers grants to owners of vacant shops to help them bring them back into use. This, alongside the redevelopment of the town centre, is aimed at reducing the number of vacant units and encouraging new shops into town.

Where are the new toilets going to be located?

Plans are being developed to relocate the public toilets to the western end of Grays Lane. This will provide a continued provision of toilets for the town centre and new public space whilst opening up a large area for people to enjoy the enhancements to the riverside area.

The new toilets will include a state-of-the-art Changing Places toilet, which are intended for people with a range of severe and profound disabilities who need specialised facilities when they are out and about.

Will any EV charging points be installed as part of the works?

The underground cable ducting necessary to install EV charging points will be installed in the Market Place as part of the works, ready for installation of EV charging at a later date.

Where will the fountain be moved to?

Around 10 metres south-west of the location it currently resides in. The new location will no longer isolate the fountain through roads and fencing and will allow the public to interact with the historic monument.

Where will buses stop?

Two double-length bus bays are included within the plans to allow for current capacity and future growth of public transport.

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