It’s as busy as Oxford Street says councillor about Haddenham which is set to get a new pedestrian crossing costing £125,000

County Councillor Bill Hunt and East Cambs District coucnillor Stuart Smith - Haddenham gets a pedes

County Councillor Bill Hunt and East Cambs District coucnillor Stuart Smith - Haddenham gets a pedestrian crossing - Credit: Archant

A divided village, which is a busy cut through for commuters, is to get a much wanted £125,000 pedestrian crossing.

It is as busy as Oxford Street, said one councillor, who welcomed the scheme to help people in Haddenham cross from one side of the A1123 to the other.

County Councillor Bill Hunt, said: “This is a much needed scheme for a divided village that sees thousands of vehicles every day, especially when there are accidents on other surrounding roads.

“There have been two recent serious accidents in Haddenham and this new crossing and lights are much needed.

“I have campaigned for this and know it has local support. I would like to thank the Parish Council who have helped drive this forward and fund it.”

The school, the doctor’s surgery and the recreation field are in the south while the pub and the village are in the north, he added.

The crossing has been given the green light by Cambridgeshire County Council with funding agreed by members of the Economy and Environment Committee.

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The Hop Row scheme is also being part funded by Haddenham Parish Council who were committed to contributing a third to the original Minor Highways Scheme which could not be progressed for safety reasons - that contribution still holds good to the new more expensive scheme, he said.

East Cambs District councillor Stuart Smith said it was great news that they persevered for the best outcome.

The scheme will see a traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing at the top of the High Street, close to the A1123/A1421 junction.

It is part of a £3.19 million investment in transport schemes across Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, chairman of Economy and Environment Committee, said this was: “Part of the council listening closely to our local communities and parish councils then working together to find solutions.

“The £3.19 million investment in transport will bring forward a number of schemes that will improve safety, encourage more people to cycle or link to public transport.”