Thursday, 28 June 2012

Residents Urged To Back Campaign To Make Junctions Safer


Cambridge residents are being urged to get behind a campaign to improve two road junctions named among the top 10 cycling blackspots in the city.

Amanda Taylor of Queen Edith’s is hoping the city can get a share of the £15 million investment for safety improvements at dangerous junctions for cyclists announced by Transport Minister, Norman Baker.

Amanda is urging residents to write to Cambridgeshire County Council urging it to put in a bid for money to improve the Queen Edith’s Way/Fendon Road junction which has the second worst accident record in the city. Between 2005 and 2010 there were 34 accidents at the junction.

And she is hoping the junction between Hills Road and Cherry Hinton Road, which she navigates while cycling to work, can also be improved with the government cash after it saw 23 crashes in the same period.

“This junction is still the most unnerving manoeuvre of my daily commute,” said Amanda. “Work has been carried out on the Hills Road bridge to make it safer for cyclists but these junctions also need to have safety improvements.

“In Queen Edith’s as a whole there were 13 accidents involving cyclists that caused serious injuries,” said Amanda. “We can’t wait until a cyclist or pedestrian is killed before we act.

“With this in mind, I was pleased to hear the announcement from Norman Baker. It’s not enough money, of course, but it’s a start and it will help to improve around 75 junctions.”

Amanda’s campaign is backed by Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Transport, Susan van de Ven.

She said: “I will be pressing for a fair share of this funding for Cambridge, which should be a natural recipient."

"This is another good idea from Lib Dem Transport Minister Norman Baker who obviously has his ear to the ground."