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Combined Authority vote clears way for A10 Ely to Cambridge upgrade scheme to progress

Plans to upgrade the A10 between Cambridge and Ely are to take a step forward, with work on an outline business case progressing.

Mayor and leader of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Dr Nik Johnson. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mayor and leader of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Dr Nik Johnson. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s transport and infrastructure committee voted to recommend £2m of Department for Transport funding be released for work.

The outline business case is expected to cost between £2m and £6m and will seek to identify a preferred option and undertake preliminary design work.

The suggested options currently include a range of possibilities from improving junctions to creating a completely new dual carriageway.

The project will also need to consider the other proposals in the area, those aligned with the Local Plan and the proposed bridge over the A10 by developers. The outline business case is set to be developed by Cambridgeshire County Council in collaboration with the Combined Authority.

The vote clears the way to develop, scope and progress the delivery of the outline business case as a follow-on from the wider A10 strategic outline business case work which was completed last year.

In July 2021, the Department for Transport (DfT) awarded £2m in funding for development work on the A10 dualling and junctions (Cambridge to Ely) scheme up to and including the production of an outline business case.

The Combined Authority has identified a further £2m of funding. It will seek an additional £2m from the DfT, which has said there is an opportunity for as options emerge.

The outline business case would be submitted to the DfT for consideration for further funding from its major road network programme.

A report to the meeting held on Wednesday said: “There are increased challenges in relation to safety and climate change following the completion of the strategic outline business case and as such additional consideration will be required in the development of the scope of the outline business case to ensure compliance with new and emerging policies, both regionally and nationally.”

A statement from the Combined Authority following the decision said: “The A10 is the key route between Ely and Cambridge, as well as part of the longer route between London, Cambridge and King’s Lynn.

“It is a strategic route for regional freight, a key link between local communities and agriculture centres, and a heavily-used commuter route; more than 18,000 vehicles use this section of the A10 every day. It is severely congested, leading to heavy emissions and long journey delays, and the safety record is troubling.

“The Combined Authority and Cambridgeshire County Council will liaise closely with the DfT over grant funding terms during the scoping discussions.”

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