Nipping through Newton: drivers dodge the A10 Foxton crossing
I've spent a good deal of time in Fowlmere and Foxton in the last few days talking to residents, and dropped in on the Parish Council meeting. Many comments on the speed bumps at Newton put in by the Councy Council and how they were working. So why is this modest piece of traffic calming so widely known?
Because for many people the quickest way to get to Cambridge from villages on the A10 corridor at certain times of the day is to curve round the Cambridge Road (natch) through Fowlmere and Newton and pick up the A10 at Harston.
A pretty route, open countryside between Fowlmere and the Thriplow turn-off, and passing the Queens Head at Newton (which has re-started its pop-up street food every Wednesdayevening), past my front door and then over the railway bridge to Harston. But its hardly the quickest.
However the attraction is that it doesn't have the twenty minute plus wait in the queue at the rail crossing at Foxton, at rush hour and sometimes in between, and so it makes sense.
Despite discussion a few years back, Network Rail say they haven't the money to do much more than fix the gates at Foxton. I'm working to see if the City Deal and the Combined Authority under devolution can find the £20million it would cost for the road crossing, and so join the Royston and Cambridge economies and make the A10 work properly for the villages in between.