Road­works and rain cause driver de­lays

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - LOCAL ELECTIONS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Heavy rain and floods have caused long de­lays for mo­torists trav­el­ling be­tween Peter­bor­ough and Whit­tle­sey - and for road­works planned to start.

The North Bank and the B1040, which link the town and the city, have both been closed for much of the week due to flooded roads.

Be­cause flood warn­ing are still in place, North Bank road is likely to re­main shut for a num­ber of days to come - de­spite res­i­dents re­port­ing flood wa­ters have dropped.

A Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil spokesman said: “The wa­ter lev­els on the River Nene are still high in re­sponse to the re­cent rain­fall. This, cou­pled with high tides, pre­vents the River Nene dis­charg­ing into the sea, re­sult­ing in tide lock con­di­tions.

“This in ef­fect causes lo­calised flood­ing of North Bank Road.”

The prob­lems were made worse as road­works started on the A605 at King’s Dyke on Mon­day.

The five day prepa­ra­tion work is part of the de­sign phase for the Kings Dyke level cross­ing clo­sure project

The works were ac­tu­ally started by Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil on Mon­day morn­ing de­spite a pledge not to be­gin when North Bank is closed.

Some mo­torists re­ported jour­neys be­tween Whit­tle­sey and Stan­ground took up to 90 min­utes while work was tak­ing place.

After a se­ries of com­plaints, the coun­cil with­drew the works, and will restart them when North Bank is re­opened. It was also con­firmed when the road­works do restart, they will take place overnight to min­imise dis­rup­tion.

The works are sched­uled to find lo­ca­tions and depths of pipes and ca­bles be­fore con­struc­tion work begins on the site.

The B1040 was able to re­open on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The B1040 was closed due to floods. Pic: Terry Har­ris

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