Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Cycle track photos - 27 Feb 2013

As already reported, the flood water has at last receded. But the cycle track at the place where the most persistent flood was, is a complete mess. Just look at these photos.

Looking towards Swavesey. This is the cycle track completely covered in debris.

A thin layer of mud everywhere.


Water level in ditch only an inch below track. Mud and twigs on track.

Some workmen were seen this afternoon clearing debris near Fen Drayton, so hopefully this lot will all be cleared away soon.

19 comments:

  1. Great photos Andrew, and the muddy section of the track could be rather dicey on a bike as the track is very greasy.

    One other thing I noticed was how close the high-water mark gets to the top of the embankment, it seemed to be around 30cm from flooding the concrete busway at some points.

    The work to install the solar studs has also started on this section.

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  2. The first photo is incredible...
    What a mess...

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  3. Glad you like it! The debris was still there yesterday as far as I could see. I wonder how the light installers coped.

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  4. They didn't bother clearing debris to install lights, just went straight passed. On that note, I nearly lost my front wheel going through there, so I'm sticking to roads.

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  5. Thanks for the info, James. I think you should get onto the Council and ask them to clear up the mess.

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  6. George Alexander4 March 2013 at 10:45

    The debris in the first photo has now been shovelled off to the sides of the track, leaving a greasy coating of mud on the tarmac. Hopefully it's not too slippery when it dries out a bit.

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  7. I wonder if there will be more flooding this weekend after the rain this week? If there is then it will test out the new solar lighting!

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  8. The river was pretty low today - but who knows?

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    1. Well my road bike has taken a battering over the winter on the busway, I've done 2000 miles since December and I need a new chain, cassette and bearings etc. lets hope the summer is a bit more friendly with my bike

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    2. That's one of the problems I suffer. The amount of sandy stuff that's gets washed onto the bike when its wet is incredible. I have stopped going down there when its wet cause it drives me mad !

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  9. I went to Cambridge via the bus way yesterday and it was all still flood free, but the bad section, the third dip up from Swavesey was only about 5 inches below the track in the drainage ditch so still a hell of a lot of water out there. It was starting to dry out nicely until todays weather came along! Weather has gone mad in this country !

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    1. Thanks Kevin that's really useful to know as I commute to cambridge every day from st ives on my bike. I'll keep you updated about about the cycle track

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    2. Your updates are much appreciated, Jon, as I no longer travel daily to Cambridge.

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    3. The busway was clear today, the snow and rain has had no effect on the flooding and the dirt is slowly disappearing. Apart from the wind and snow blizzards it was good.

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  10. I will everyone know if there's any flooding tomorrow after all this rain!

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  11. Busway was clear this morning, but when I was coming back to st Ives this evening the water level was higher but the cycle track was still clear until I got to the drainage bridge just before the iron bridge where there was about half foot of water for about 3 metres. So I wonder if the flooding will return by tomorrow as the Ouse was looking quite full

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    1. Thanks, Jon. I'll start a new post about this latest flood. i was along there early afternoon on the bike and the track was dry, but I could see water pouring in from the river in two different directions, so I;m not surprised it;s gone under.

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  12. I haven't been on the busway between st ives and swavsey this week! Does anyone have an update? I'm sure it's still a mess

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