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Wisbech Access Strategy

The Wisbech Access Strategy is a package of individual transport schemes that aim to improve the transport network in Wisbech

As part of the Wisbech Access Strategy, these schemes have been tested to make sure that they are the best solutions to address the current problems on the transport network. They will also support future housing and job growth as set out in the Fenland Local Plan. 

The documents on this page explain more about the proposals.

What's happened so far

Public consultation ran until 27 November 2017. This asked for views on each transport scheme, the package of schemes as a whole, and what the final recommendation should be to the Councils/Local Enterprise Partnership (the funders) to access the £10.5million for road transport improvements.

A large number of comments were received. Due to the volume and the variety of opinions received, Councillors took extra time to consider the way forward and their recommendations. On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, a press release was issued setting out an amended Wisbech Access Strategy approach, following the public consultation feedback.  

During May 2018, Cambridgeshire County Council, Fenland District Council and Wisbech Town Council all considered the draft Wisbech Access Strategy. They all recommended that the draft strategy should be supported and a recommendation be sent to the CPCA for their approval and to release any funding. Papers from the meetings can be found at:

A paper went to the November Business Board meeting on the 26 November 2018 and the Combined Authority Board meeting on 28 November 2018. This is to release the first £10.5million for the Wisbech Access Strategy schemes. View papers from the Business Board meeting and Combined Authority Board meeting.

Timeline

  • August 2018 - first payment of the £10.5million to start the detailed design of the short term schemes
  • September 2018 - consultants appointed to carry out the Wisbech Rail Study
  • Key Decision approval to progress with the construction of the short term package
  • April 2019 - second payment of the £10.5million to continue detailed design and start the implementation of the short term schemes
  • April 2020 - third payment of the £10.5million to complete the implementation of the short term schemes
  • April 2021 - short term phase anticipated to be complete (although the Elm High Road A47 roundabout may extend past this period)

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