Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Last Chance To Have Your Say On Bypass Consultation

Local residents have until this Friday (22 March) to have their say on the proposed Ely Southern Bypass.

Cambridgeshire County Council have held a series of exhibitions this month, which have seen hundreds of local residents coming to find out more and give their views on the project.

There have been five events so far with the final exhibition taking place on Thursday 21 March at Soham Village College. Information is also available on the scheme at Ely and Littleport Library.

Local residents have gone online to find out more about the bypass; with over 3,000 having now watched the animated video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3TxQXdgjWE&feature=player_embedded) and with the Flickr stream showing the visualisations (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambscc/sets/72157632873006030/show/) being viewed over 600 times.

The scheme’s web pages (http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/projects/east/elycrossing/) have also proven popular with over 1200 unique page views. The webpages contain further information on the project, including maps, information on the Hidden Bypass alternative and possible cycling and walking improvements.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning said: “We would like to say thank you to all the people who have taken the time to give their views on the proposed Ely Southern Bypass. We have been very pleased by the number of views our film and online photos have had which goes a long way to justify this time of engagement with the public.

“The opinions we have received so far have been extremely useful and will help as we progress with this project. We hope that more local people will get in touch to tell us their views in the final few days of the consultation.”

Ely Bypass Visualisation
Local residents can get in touch with Cambridgeshire County Council by emailing: 
transport.delivery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk, calling 01223 699906 or writing to: Transport Delivery Team, Cambridgeshire County Council, CC1211, Castle Court, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 OAP.

It is estimated that the bypass will save more than two and a half times its cost over its lifetime through reduced congestion. Funding from a number of sources is currently being considered.