Decision details

Recommendation to approve allocation of up to £500,000 to fund unforeseen expenditure on the A605 Stanground East road improvement scheme and approval of increased spending limits with Skanska - APR21/CMDN/96

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Commercial Strategy and Investments

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet Member authorised a reallocation of existing budget and additional expenditure up to a value of £500,000 with Skanska (Construction) UK Limited for the A605 Stanground East improvement scheme (£220,000 secured from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA)).

Reasons for the decision:

It is recommended to approve the decisions sought in this notice to allow the completion of a high profile key transportation project that delivers a number of benefits.


Approval will allow full realisation of benefits associated with reduced congestion such as improved localised air quality and improved journey time reliability. Completing the scheme will contribute to the Councils growth agenda, improving accessibility to key services, providing safer roads and reducing congestion.


Failure to approve the recommendation could prevent completion of the scheme and may mean that the Council cannot meet its strategic transport and highway priorities for Peterborough following a period of consultation with stakeholders and partners

Alternative options considered:

To seek the full £500,000 from the CPCA however it is understood that they will only fund known costs. At present the known costs stand at £220,000, consequently this is the value the Council have requested.


Another option is not to seek the additional budget and leave the scheme incomplete. This would create significant risk to the funding received from the DFT. If the scheme is left incomplete the benefits of the scheme will not be realised and there is a possibility that the Council will be liable to repay the grant.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Background Documents:

Cadent Contract; A605 Whittlesey Access Phase 2, Contract ExemptionCabinet Members Decision Notice


Skanska contract; A605 Stanground East Improvement Scheme Cabinet Members Decision Notice


Peterborough Highway Services contract (2013-2023) Cabinet Member’s Decision Notice (AUG13/CMDN/068)


Publication date: 08/04/2021

Date of decision: 08/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

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