Cambridgeshire Council is about to begin investigation into potential options for traffic calming and speed reduction measures along key parts of the A1123
As part of this work we are proposing to consult with the parishes of Wicken, Stretham, Wilburton, Haddenham, Earith, Bluntisham and St Ives – but we’d like to hear from you now if you have suggestions or ideas to feed into the options we will be considering.
At the Highways and Transport Committee on 27 July a proposal to reclassify the road from an A to a B road was not supported when Members heard technical and financial evidence that this would not remove the majority of HGV traffic from the road, as 93% is local and would still be able to use a B route. This was also the case for cars and LGV traffic. It would instead just reduce funding for the county’s highways maintenance budget, as DfT funding is higher for an A than a B road.
Members agreed a better solution would be to request officers to investigate the range of traffic calming and reduction options such as priority give way, raised tables, speed cushions, central hatching to reduce the width of running lanes and road narrowing’s. Officers will be working with the parishes through the Local Highway Improvement process (find out more here) or other funds, and this work will feed into a more detailed report looking at the options, costs and will also carrying out further investigative work including traffic counts, speed surveys, design work to discover exactly what improvements will help in each individual area.
We’re looking at options, working with the parishes and would like your thoughts on this too by emailing Local.Projects@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Cllr Peter McDonald
Chair of the Highways and Transport Committee
Cambridgeshire County Council