More needs to be done to ensure the A10 is upgraded from Cambridge to King’s Lynn

Councillor Anna Bailey

Councillor Anna Bailey - Credit: Archant

Plans to improve the A10 do not go far enough to ensure the entire stretch from Cambridge to King’s Lynn is upgraded, according to a county councillor.

Cllr Anna Bailey is pressing for Government funding to upgrade what she says is a “vital route” and is calling for Cambridgeshire to team up with Norfolk County Council to ensure the entire 45 mile stretch is developed.

In a motion due to be put before the full council on Tuesday May 10 she is asking for backing to commission a “further high level economic and route option study for the A10 north of Cambridge to complement the existing study for use in future bidding exercises.”

Cllr Bailey said: “It has long been recognised that the A10 north of Cambridge suffers from high levels of congestion with planned developments along its length this is set to worsen.

“The ongoing A10 corridor study, funded by the county and district councils, developers and the City Deal, is due to report later this month.

“The scope of this study, however, ends at Ely and does not address the issues along the whole route,” she said.

As part of her motion Cllr Bailey wants the county council to work with the two Local Enterprise Partnerships for funding bids for development and delivery of a scheme of improvements on the A10 north of Cambridge.

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In addition she wants backing “to continue to lobby Government for improvements to the whole of this vital route.”

The development of Ely North and Waterbeach barracks will significantly increase the amount of traffic, she added, and welcomed the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer who said he will “look closely” at the bid for upgrading the A10 between Ely and Cambridge.

She now hopes the council will back her in recognising the need: “To under take further scoping and business case work.”