£80,000 funding for East Cambridgeshire road safety improvements
PUBLISHED: 12:43 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:43 12 March 2018
Almost £80,000 worth of road safety improvements are to be carried out across East Cambridgeshire.
The schemes were prioritised by Cambridgeshire County Council panel members in terms of importance.
The scoring system assessed four categories: persistent problem, road safety, community improvement, and added value.
Each category was scored out of five and the average across all panel members was then used to rank applications.
Parish, town councils or community groups across the county could apply for up to £10,000 of funding – as long as they pay at least 10 per cent of the total cost of the scheme.
Here’s how the money is being spent across East Cambs:
The top-rated scheme, costing Cambridgeshire County Council £2,140, is for double yellow lining around the junction of Ten Bell Lane and Pratt Street in Soham. The application was submitted by the residents of Bell Lane at a cost of £1,000.
In Pymoor, the speed limit in the village will be changed to 30mph and approaches kept to 40mph. The current speed cameras will also be replaced with movable speed activated signs costing the county council £8,120 and the applicant Little Downham Parish Council a further £3,000.
Third on the list is minimising traffic outside of Rackham Primary School on Main Street costing the council £10,000 and the applicant, Witchford Parish Council, a further £14,943.
County councillor Bill Hunt welcomed the improvements for Witchford that he said would effectively create a mini roundabout and would make it much easier and safer for children to cross.
“It will also encourage motorists to slow down as they approach the school.”
He added: “As you know, the A142 is extremely busy, and a lot of people are trying to use Witchford as a rat run to avoid the busy main road.
“The parish council is very keen not for them to do so. Safety is a huge priority for our village.”
Fourth is to reprioritise the High Street/Brook junction on the B1381 to prevent ‘rat running’, costing the county council £8,038 and the applicant Sutton Parish Council a further £893.
Installing double yellow lines on various streets within Wicken is also on the list at a county council cost of £1,570. Wicken Parish Council would pay an additional £1,570.
Plans to enhance the existing playground warning signs on The Green and Jerusalem Drove, Wardy Hill in Coveney would cost the county council £3,150 and the parish council another £350.
Introducing buffer zones and gateway features at three approaches into Prickwillow will cost the county council £9,000 and the City of Ely Council a further £900.
Improving the signing and lining on the approaches to the junction on the B1102 Mildenhall Road and Church Street in Fordham will cost the county council £2,574 and the applicant Fordham Parish Council an additional £286.
Installing a 40mph buffer zone to the north of Woodditton and three gateway features will cost the county council £6,120 and the applicant Woodditton Parish Council a further £3,000.
Installing traffic calming measures at the bottom of Forehill in Ely would cost the county council £10,000 and the applicant, the City of Ely Council, an additional £8,800.
Supplying and installing movable speed activated signs on the B1102 between the crossroads and the entrance to Anglesey Abbey are on the list at a county council cost of £4,355. Lode Parish Council will have to pay an additional £1,000.
Providing speed watch equipment and moveable speed activated signs on Fordham Road will cost he county council £5,000 and the applicant, Isleham Parish Council, a further £1,000.
The highways and community infrastructure committee of Cambridgeshire County Council is to agree the budgets at their meeting on Tuesday (March 13).
The budget for 2018/19 Local Highway Improvements (LHI) was approved by the Highway and Community Infrastructure Committee and the Environment and Economy Committee in December 2017.
The county council has already spent £7,192 on feasibility studies in East Cambridgeshire.