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Tories accused of dragging heels over accident blackspot

October 15, 2010 4:07 PM
Belinda Brooks-Gordon

Belinda Brooks-Gordon

County Tories have been accused of dragging their heels over lowering the speed limit on a notorious Cambridge road which has one of the highest accident records in the country.

Campaigning county councillor, Belinda Brooks-Gordon claims the Tories have "repeatedly procrastinated and stalled" on the issue despite almost 130 people being involved in crashes on the road in the last decade.

She wants the 40mph speed limit reduced to 30mph; but she has been told by Cambridgeshire County Council that the change would have to be reinforced with traffic calming measures at a cost of £400,000 and there is no money in the budget.

"How many more people have to be killed and injured on this road before the county council takes some action?" she said. "How can they put a cost on human life and human safety in this way?

"Ludicrous heavy engineering schemes were put forward for why the speed could not be reduced and made greener and safer. None of these is credible. Simple, straightforward and economical solutions are possible."

Cllr Brooks-Gordon will challenge Tories at a full county council meeting on Tuesday (October 19) to take decisive action.

She will put forward a question to Cllr Mac McGuire, Cabinet Member for Highways calling on him to throw his weight behind a decision to make the road safer "once and for all".

And she has arranged a meeting with officers and councillors on November 8 to push the matter further.

Huntingdon Road has the highest level of combined death and serious injury accidents along a 10,000 kilometre squared stretch than anywhere else in the country. With two major new housing developments planned along the road bringing more traffic, Cllr Brooks-Gordon claims it can only get worse.

"This road is used by a large number of cyclists and pedestrians, many of them elderly, and they take their lives in their hands every time they go out on it," added Cllr Brooks-Gordon. "This is not acceptable.

"The Tories have procrastinated and stalled on this issue for years. It is time to take decisive action and put an end to this road's appalling accident record."