Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lib Dem fight set to pay off as dangerous junction earmarked for funding

October 15, 2014


Years of campaigning by Cambridge Liberal Democrats could pay off next week when a dangerous Cambridge junction looks set to get a share of a £2 million plus fund for improvements.

The Queen Edith’s Way roundabout junction with Fendon Road and Mowbray Road is used by more than 300 cyclists an hour and more than 150 pedestrians, many of them school and college students.

Lib Dems in Queen Edith’s have been calling for action to make the roundabout safer and for a pedestrian crossing. It has been identified as having the second worst accident record in the city for bikes with 34 crashes over a five year period.

Queen Edith’s City Councillor, George Pippas has been campaigning for a crossing and Cllr Tim Moore ran a traffic survey in the area. In just one hour he witnessed two near-miss accidents involving pedestrians and a further incident where a cyclist was forced to jump on the pavement to avoid being hit by a vehicle.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Amanda Taylor, who has been pressing for Section 106 funding for improvements said: “It’s extremely good news that funding is now available for improvements at this dangerous junction and they look set to be approved as part of a scheme to make Queen Edith’s safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

“We have been very worried that it was only a matter of time before someone was going to be seriously injured or even killed. This is a main route for children going to school and students heading for the sixth form colleges and they are forced to mix with heavy traffic.

“We want to make sure that everyone can use this junction safely and a crossing is desperately needed.”

The project is expected to share £2,317,000 worth of funding with two other schemes including improvements for pedestrians and cyclists on Cherry Hinton Road and signal improvements at the Robin Hood junction.

Councillors on the county council’s Economy and Environment Committee will vote on the schemes next Tuesday (October 21) at Shire Hall.