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Multi-million March plans up for discussion plus decisions on highways works at Chatteris, Christchurch, Doddington, Elm, Gorefield, Leverington, Newton, Tydd St Giles, Wimblington and Wisbech St Mary

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The transformation of March town centre will get a step closer later this month if multi-million pound improvement plans progress.

A county council committee will decide on Tuesday, April 26 whether to accept funding of more than £8million to transform areas around Broad Street, the Market Place and the riverside.

The plans would bring in more pedestrianisation, less traffic and breathe new life into the derelict area of Acre Road.

What Broad Street could look like after the planned works (56100404)
What Broad Street could look like after the planned works (56100404)

A number of other Fenland highways schemes are among more than 70 set to be approved by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee.

After a progress report has been made on the March Future High Street Fund, it will be recommended the committee agree that the council accept £5,095,757 of funding from Fenland District Council to deliver the project and enable it to progress to the design and construction phase.

The March Area Transport Study willalso be discussed, with a recommendation that the committee accepts £3,780,387 from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to allow construction of the Broad Street element which is integral with delivery of the Future High Street projectd.

This would enable construction in Broad Street to start in early 2023.

The committee will also decide whether to approve 73 county-wide schemes, including:

  • A pelican crossing in Doddington High Street to help schoolchildren cross safely;
  • Four raised speed cushions and associated signing in Creek Road, March, and four in Estover Road, to deter speeders.
  • Reducing speed in Doddington Road, Chatteris from 40mph to 30mph by installing gateways and markings and making lanes narrower.
  • Building out chicanes in Main Road, Elm, to help speed limit compliance;
  • Creating parking restrictions in Eastwood Lane, Wimblington by installing 30m of Marshall titan kerbs and building up the verge to prevent HGVs from parking/waiting on the verge next to the carriageway, along with putting down double yellow lines;
  • Preventing speeding near the school in Church Lane, Tydd St Giles with moveable vehicle-activated signs;
  • Reducing speed limit from 40mph on A1101/B1169 in Leverington by installing new 30mph speed limit;
  • Chicane improvement and advanced S-bend warning signs in Chapel Lane, Newton to increase pedestrian safety;
  • New 30mph limit including signs in High Road, Wisbech St Mary to improve pedestrian safety;
  • Reduction from national speed limit to 50mph and junction improvements in Padgett’s Road, Christchurch, with central island on Church Road, to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists;
  • Footway improvements in High Road, Gorefield by resurfacing and widening.

Delivery of the schemes would be from 2022 to 2024.

The meeting will be live streamed on the council’s YouTube channel.

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