Huntingdonshire District Council has welcomed the approval of further funds by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) for transport study work in and around St Ives.

Previously, the A141 Huntingdon Capacity Study commenced as a joint delivery study (commissioned by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority) and the St Ives Area Transport Study (commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council) to consider the capacity challenges in the area.

Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Cllr Ryan Fuller said: "I welcome that this funding for the next stage of the St Ives transport study work has been approved and that the Combined Authority agrees with us that finding solutions to the ongoing traffic and congestion issues in St Ives is a priority.

The road networks in and around St Ives are almost at capacity at peak times and we're seeing ever greater numbers of HGVs travelling through the town using what should be routes for local traffic. The recently completed first stage of the transport study has demonstrated that there are no easy quick-win solutions that will solve the problems through minor changes to junctions or roundabouts. We do therefore need to consider a more strategic solution such as a bypass, and it's that kind of option that the next stage of the transport study work will focus on with this additional funding."