Faced with rising deaths and serious injuries on our roads, county council promises new approach to road safety

PUBLISHED: 16:33 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 05 March 2018

Cllr Mathew Shuter.

Cllr Mathew Shuter.


Killed or seriously injured casualties in Cambridgeshire rose by 21 per cent from 286 in 2015 to 347 in 2016 and the latest 2017 figures (August 2016 - July 2017) show 412.

“Factors such as reduced funding, driver behaviour, changes to the way collisions are recorded and people’s lack of fear about being caught committing traffic offences are all thought to have contributed,” said a county council spokesman.

The council believes that it can reduce the total cost to local health and social care budgets of all collisions in Cambridgeshire by £5 million.

At the highways and community Infrastructure committee next week (March 13), councillors are to discuss proposals to tackle the challenges facing the county.

Committee chairman Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “

“We take the current trends in the figures and the challenges related to reducing road casualties seriously, which is why we’re suggesting a distinct change in approach.”

He said: “These proposals outline a new model for road safety.

“They will enhance the council’s ability to provide communities and other organisations with direct access to a range of road safety services as well as the potential for sharing services with others and the wider road safety partnership.”

The recommendations include a new methodology for assessing injury collision hotspots, and funding a list of safety improvement schemes for the coming year.

The spokesman said: “The council has the opportunity to change its approach in response to these challenges and address the current trend in collisions across Cambridgeshire.

“The proposed road safety hub approach, if approved, will deliver a core function and offer services and expertise to others, such as child road safety education, investigating collision hotspots and safety auditing planned changes to roads.”

Another recommendation includes a new process for the identification of high risk locations based on recorded injury collisions.

At the moment a single complex system is used to define a cluster site up to 1500m in length.

The new proposal would see a simplified process, looking at both localised cluster sites as well as whole routes. This way the level of road safety risk can be highlighted for specific routes and locations, which will inform the prioritisation of available improvement funding.

Work could also begin to review the safety camera equipment across Cambridgeshire and the need to upgrade existing safety cameras to digital technology.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 15:20

Greater Anglia train driver Jason Brooks who leapt into action to perform CPR on a passenger who had collapsed at Ely station has won recognition at a national awards ceremony.

Yesterday, 13:15

Two canons of Ely Cathedral are to sleep out to raise money for homeless charities.

Yesterday, 12:15

MP Lucy Frazer and police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite headed a panel to update villagers on efforts to tackle crime locally that had included a raid on a travellers’ site.

Yesterday, 14:36

Government funds coming into Cambridgeshire will provide a £100 million children’s hospital on the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site in Cambridge and £25 million to expand Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy