Councillor hails step forward in A10 campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 August 2011

A PUSH to improve safety on a stretch of the A10 near Little Thetford may have scored another victory after transport chiefs agreed to review the pickup points for school buses.

District and county councillor Bill Hunt, said highways officials at the county council were considering adding a second pick-up point for school children on the Grunty Fen side of the A10.

The councillor said the move designed to stop children having to cross the busy main road in the morning to catch their school bus.

“I had a meeting with council officers last week, and it is very likely that the buses will be able to people up near their houses on the other side of the A10.

“At the moment that bus comes from Earith and we would like to make an extra pick up on the other side of the road which I think would be much better for safety.”

Cllr Hunt added that he was waiting for confirmation from the council about the move but was positive that there would be an agreement.

The news comes a few weeks after 15-year-old student Jennifer To was left with life-threatening head injuries after being hit by a lorry on a busy stretch of the road.

It is believed that the Witchford Village College student, who police have said is now in a stable condition at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, was trying to catch a bus when she was hit.

In the wake of the accident, the county council announced it was exploring plans to reduce the speed limit on the road from 60mph to 50mph.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Criswell, cabinet member for community infrastructure, said: “This is part of our countywide review of speed limits following national guidelines on reducing speeds. There are a number of villages along this route and nearly 100 injury accidents in the last three years. “Anyone who drives this road knows how congested it gets and the accidents that are on there, it is hoped the new speed limit will improve this.”

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