Motorists call for urgent repair to “horrendous” road after Soham woman dies in collision

Temporary speed restrictions have been put in place in Queen Adalaide Way. Temporary speed restrictions have been put in place in Queen Adalaide Way.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
12:07 PM

A busy road near Ely where a fatal collision took place a week ago is in urgent need of repair, residents say.

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Queen Adalaide way, Ely. scene of RTC. Picture: Steve Williams.Queen Adalaide way, Ely. scene of RTC. Picture: Steve Williams.

Queen Adelaide Way links Ely with Queen Adelaide and is also used by hundreds of motorists every day as a means of getting to Littleport, Prickwillow and into Norfolk.

Last Saturday, the driver of a Citroen Picasso died following a collision involving a lorry on a stretch of the road which is badly cracked and sliding into the surrounding fen.

The driver, 37-year-old Maxine Freeman, of Guntons Close, Soham, was declared dead at the scene and the road was closed for much of the day while accident investigators assessed the scene.

Just hours after the accident took place, Cambridgeshire County Council’s highways team erected temporary 40mph speed restriction signs on a quarter-mile stretch of the road, where the accident took place and also installed warning signs highlighting the uneven road surface.

Queen Adalaide way, Ely. scene of RTC. Picture: Steve Williams.Queen Adalaide way, Ely. scene of RTC. Picture: Steve Williams.

Queen Adelaide resident Rupert Moss-Eccardt, of Ely Road, says the road is in a poor state of repair and in pressing need of wholesale rebuilding along its entire length.

He said: “When it is wet, the road becomes really very slippery and it is clearly in need of repair because it is in bad shape. It is falling away towards the settling ponds.

“In terms of roads that are regularly used, it is certainly among the worst and that can’t be right. It is easy to infer that the road surface had an effect in the accident.

“It is a heavily used road and careful reading of the application for the Ely Bypass will show you that it is going to get an extra 1,000 cars on it.”

Queen Adalaide way, Ely. scene of RTC. Picture: Steve Williams.Queen Adalaide way, Ely. scene of RTC. Picture: Steve Williams.

Mr Moss-Eccardt said that money spent on re-surfacing Ely Road, which runs through Queen Adelaide, would have been better spent towards rebuilding Queen Adelaide Way, instead.

On the Ely Standard’s Facebook page, Allison Trense, of Littleport, said: “The road condition is horrendous, and is visible for all to see. It leaves me dumbfounded that people still feel the need to over take.

“Endangering the lives of just not themselves but those who they are over taking and the on coming traffic.”

And Steph Gordon, added: “I drive down this road every day and I am so sad to hear someone has lost their life. The road surface is awful, completely dangerous. How there haven’t been more accidents along that road amazes me.”

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “The police suggested the warning and speed reduction signage while investigations are carried out into the cause of the accident which is unknown at this time.”

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