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Moves to pedestrianise part of March Broad linked to ambitious plans for the town centre have taken a major step forward.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority's transport group have agreed£1.5million should be drawn down to push transport schemes onto the detailed design stage.

Showing their wholehearted approval of the collaborative work under way to make life better for people in the Fenland market town, the Combined Authority’s transport group voted to recommend the drawdown of the £1.51 million.

Ambitious plans submitted to transform March through the Future High Streets Fund - this is what Broad Street could look like.
Ambitious plans submitted to transform March through the Future High Streets Fund - this is what Broad Street could look like.

In the unanimous vote, members of the transport and infrastructure committee noted progress of the March Area Transport Study (MATS) Outline Business Case to date - and voted to recommend that the Combined Authority Board approve the drawdown of £1.51 million to move forward with the Full Business Case and detailed design.

The outline business case concludes that there is a compelling case to progress the recommended package of MATS improvement schemes – which both hit the scheme objectives and offer high value for money.

The committee heard how Broad Street highway improvements are closely aligned with the pedestrianisation plans for Broad Street being delivered as part of March’s successful Future High Street Fund (FHSF) bid.

General view of Broad Street March. (52963244)
General view of Broad Street March. (52963244)

The Broad Street FHSF scheme is currently at concept design stage, but work is progressing after the Combined Authority Board stepped up in September with £180,000 to help meet the deadline to complete construction by April 2024.

The MATS Broad Street scheme is inextricably linked to the FHSF Broad Street scheme, so the two schemes need to happen simultaneously to maximise the major boost envisaged in the town’s renovation plan.

The Combined Authority is also funding a major revamp of March’s historic railway station.



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