Emergency Cambridge Water work leads to long A10 delays while Cambridge is clogged up in roadworks
Emergency work by Cambridge Water has led to long delays on the A10 north of Cambridge today (Thursday, November 30).
Temporary traffic lights are in place on Ely Road between Chittering and Waterbeach for the repair work, which has led to queues in both directions.
Heading southbound, there were about four miles of queuing traffic towards Stretham at 10am.
The delays started before 7am this morning and Stagecoach East said its No 9 service was affected.
Nathan Harper, director of operational delivery at Cambridge Water, told the Cambridge Independent: “Unfortunately, one of our water mains burst yesterday, close to the junction of the A10 and Green End, Landbeach. We have been undertaking emergency works to repair the main and return all customers to normal supply. For safety, traffic management measures will remain in place until the crash barrier, which was removed to gain access to the burst main, is replaced. We expect this to be completed later today.
“We apologise to all residents and road users for the inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience whilst the crash barrier is replaced.”
There are also temporary traffic signals on the B1049 Histon Road for water main work at Cottenham, and another set on Butt Lane in Milton, by the Park & Ride, where the new police station is under construction.
A collision on the B1049 Histon Road, near King’s Hedges Road in Cambridge, caused further delays this morning.
A further set of temporary traffic lights are in place at Green End, Ravensdale, in Landbeach.
Elsewhere, in addition to the long-term roadworks on Milton Road, there are temporary signals along the B1047 Horningsea Road in Fen Ditton, the A1134 Brooks Road at Sainsbury’s, due to electrical work, and in Coldhams Lane, near Norman Way, and on Gazelle Way, at Eland Way, for the same reason.
The plethora of roadworks in and around Cambridge has caused Stagecoach East to complain that it is very difficult to run its buses to schedule, and called for better co-ordination between utilities.
See our Live Traffic Map for more details on roadworks and incidents.