Ely Station Underpass Improvements

About the project

Danaher & Walsh was appointed to carry out a scheme of highway improvement works in and around the A142 highway underpass at the railway station in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Key details

Project value
Nov 18 – Feb 19

Key aims and challenges

D&W was employed by Skanska, working on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council on their highways term contract. The scheme was related to the construction of the new Ely bypass.

Prior to the scheme, the railway overbridge was the most struck bridge in Britain, due to its width and height.

The purpose of the scheme was to narrow the highway through the underpass and convert it to one lane of traffic, with shuttle running controlled by traffic signals. This was to have the additional effect of traffic calming and encouraging traffic to use Ely’s bypass.

The existing level crossing, adjacent to the bypass and previously used for oversized vehicles, was closed to road traffic and facilities for cycle traffic were improved.

Additionally, advanced warning signs for oversized vehicles were installed.

Danaher & Walsh’s scope included all highway alterations, including those to an adjacent roundabout, and installation of traffic signals, drainage, road markings and signage.

D&W programmed the scheme to minimise disruption to highway users and installed traffic management to facilitate the works. Liaison with Network Rail was necessary for the duration of the contract. Regular site meetings took place with stakeholders.