nigelcave Posted 29 June , 2020 Share Posted 29 June , 2020 Work for a new Fricourt by-pass has commenced - by-pass is probably a bit strong, as it is not a major change. The scheme aims to remove the danger of the crossroads at the western end of the village - i.e. Fricourt-Bray crossing the Albert-Peronne road. So far as I can see it involves a deviation of the Albert-Peronne road so that it runs to the west, skirting the line of housing on the west side of the village and appears to return to the road at the point where the narrow road up to Bois Francais and Point 110 leaves it. I have seen no plans, but the work has started and the outline of the route is clear from the parts of the fields that have not been seeded this year. I shall try and get a photograph of the area in the next couple of days. I see that the total cost is advertised as €3mn, which is not a startling figure in this day and age. It seems eminently sensible in terms of road safety and from 'our' point of view is of relatively little impact. However, I am not quite clear on how the layout will actually work - so what I have put here is an educated guess - I imagine that a couple of roundabouts will be required. There is currently a deviation, if coming from Bray heading to Fricourt, that takes you off via Meaulte to the Albert by-pass; I imagine that it is the same if heading to Bray from Fricourt (i.e. via the Albert by-pass), but I have not investigated that yet - in any case, I would go over the top of 110 and via Citadel Cemetery (OK in decent weather and, ideally, with a 4x4). There is also some talk of extending the airport (and runway) at Meaulte/Albert, making more use of it for freight. It does not seem a wildly sensible idea, given the infrastructure in the area; and would not seem to fit in with M Macron's new green agenda. I have no idea if this is just the rumour mill or is based on a published proposal. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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