Forty foot - Powers-that-be bow to wishes of the people

PUBLISHED: 16:09 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:39 04 May 2010

HUNDREDS of people called for action on the Forty Foot Bank Road after a campaign by two of our sister papers. It was launched in February, and every day since then readers have gone online to call for measures including average speed cameras, a 30mph spe

HUNDREDS of people called for action on the Forty Foot Bank Road after a campaign by two of our sister papers.

It was launched in February, and every day since then readers have gone online to call for measures including average speed cameras, a 30mph speed limit, an overtaking ban and lighting.

Fenland councillor Alan Melton called for the road to be closed and there has also been support from readers for that.

At the launch of the campaign, Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire, said: "No action is not an option."

On Monday, when he heard the news about the speed cameras, he said: "This is a dangerous and treacherous piece of road which regularly has people tragically dying on it.

"I very much hope the decision of the council's cabinet is to save lives and implement this proposal. It will be a great tragedy for the local community if the county council were to leave the road as it is because if they do people will continue to die."

In March, a petition calling for action on the Forty Foot road was signed by 1,800 people.

It was presented to the county council by Ramsey town councillor, Ray Powell, and Chatteris town councillor, Chris Howes.

The petition was signed by residents and councillors form Ramsey, Chatteris, Doddington and Warboys. An additional petition of 149 signatures was presented by residents of Benwick.

Councillor Powell said this week: "This is nothing but a devil road. It has taken a lot of lives."

He added: "We will get cameras but it will take a lot longer than we hoped, but, if we get them, I will be over the moon. This is what everyone worked so hard for.

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