Over recent years Grantchester Road in Trumpington has become increasingly popular with local residents wanting to access the Nature Reserve. Even though the pavement is relatively wide it is often crowded with joggers, children riding their bicycles, parents with pushchairs, couples going for a walk, dog walkers etc. Pedestrians regularly have to step onto the road or cross the road to get out of each other’s way.
This is a dangerous undertaking as the road bends with poor visibility and cars coming from both directions. The current signage to alert drivers of crossing pedestrians is clearly insufficient, as many cars pass this area at high speed. This is a deadly accident waiting to happen. The speed limit leading up to the bend on Grantchester Road is 40mph, and the small sign for 30mph is partly occluded by bushes and clearly ineffective.
We would like to see a 20 mph speed limit in this area of Grantchester Road, as well as better road signage. For example, we are looking into options to install electric signals that alert drivers of pedestrians crossing the street and encourage them to reduce their speed.
To the Cambridgeshire County Council:
During the pandemic, many people have been attracted to our open spaces, and many more are choosing to walk and cycle along our roads and footpaths. The stretch of unclassified road between Grantchester and Trumpington has now become very hazardous for pedestrians. Walkers of all ages sharing the single pavement, and are especially put in harm's way where the approved footpath into the new Trumpington Meadows Country Park and expanding residential development joins the Grantchester Road between sharp bends with limited visibility for oncoming vehicles.
We the undersigned urge the Cambridgeshire County Council to reduce the speed limit to 20mph between Trumpington and Grantchester and to introduce additional safety measures such as improved signage to enable pedestrians to use the footway and cross the road safely.