Road in chaos after bungled resurfacing project

October 8, 2010 1:00 PM
Lucy Nethsingha

Lucy Nethsingha

A bungled road resurfacing project by the Tory-run county council has left a busy Cambridge street in chaos.

Double yellow lines have been removed and a cycle lane has not been reinstated leaving parked cars clogging up Grange Road and cyclists weaving in and out of traffic.

Angry residents fear someone will be injured unless Cambridgeshire County Council calls back its workforce to complete the job properly.

Problems began last year when the county council planned to resurface the road leaving the cycle lane so that it could be picked out in red.

But the work was postponed until this summer because it clashed with end of term school and college events. When the resurfacing work took place, the team surfaced the whole road wiping out the cycle lane.

Workers were ordered to scrape off the surface but the project was delayed again because the county council could not agree over the width of the cycle lane.

Now the county council claims it cannot afford to reinstate the cycle lane in red and the result is an old and uneven surface at a lower level to the road. Cyclists who find the new lane difficult to use are weaving around parked cars and dodging buses turning in the road.

Penny Heath, Chair of North Newnham Resident's Association said: "The sunken cycle lane collects water, grit and debris making it dangerous for cyclists. The parked cars are causing chaos on this busy throughfare".

"Residents were astonished to learn that the road repairs were stopped half way through because Cycle Cambridge at the county deliberated on new cycle lane widths. They have had over a year to plan this much needed maintenance programme.

"No local councillors or users were consulted about the changes and they urgently need to make this busy road safe again".

Liberal Democrat Councillor, Lucy Nethsingha said: "I am very annoyed at the way this matter has been handled by the Conservative run County Council.

"It is bad enough that we had to put up with the dreadful road surface all last winter, but for cyclists it is now even worse. Encouraging cycling is supposed to be a core part of the transport strategy for Cambridge, yet treating cyclists in this way doesn't give that impression at all."

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