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I'm the local councillor for 12 villages in the south of Cambridgeshire - Duxford, Fowlmere, Foxton, Great & Little Chishill, Newton, Heydon, Hinxton, Ickleton, Pampisford, Shepreth, Whittlesford and Thriplow.

 

Pampisford road safety

Pampisford road safety

One of the knock-on effects of the A505 being so busy is that drivers discover little rat-runs on roads not designed to take the volume of traffic or the speeds. In Pampisford the junction of Brewery Road and London Road, at the Sawston end of the village has this problem. Vehicles peel off the A505 if they can see the McDonalds roundabout is backed up, and then cut through Pampisford’s Brewery Road and then pick up the Sawston road through to Shelford.

In October a car went through a hedge and demolished the “Give Way” road sign by taking the junction too fast.

pampisford london road damage oct 18.jpg

Now in January another vehicle has skittled over the old White House pub sign, and the hedge next to it, which takes a fair bit of doing!

pampisford road damage london road jan 19.jpg

But it isn’t the case that county council highways will only taker steps if there has been a fatal accident - a few years back I got them to pay for improvements at the Babraham Institute roundabout to give the road a better grip, because cars were spinning off it. Now I want the county road safety team to come and look at this junction and see what can be done to slow vehicles down from taking the corner too fast.

About two years ago I supported the parish council who put in a bid to extend the footpath and move the dropped kerb further away from the junction out to the black and white bollard in the pic below, to make crossing safer. The highways team did work up a solution but that would involve reworking the whole junction which was seen as so difficult that it couldn’t be taken forward. Now we just have to bite the bullet and take a proper look at the junction - my fear is that otherwise there will be more than just road and pub signs strewn across the road.

pampisford london road.jpg
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