County council approves highway improvements across Cambridgeshire

THE County Council has approved a package of highway improvements which will have a positive impact on communities across Cambridgeshire.

Local Councillor panels were set up to make recommendations on bids from local people and interest groups such as parish councils and community groups for schemes which would improve the highway network in their area.

A host of schemes were put forward in each District Council area of Cambridgeshire and now the County Council has published a list of the successful schemes in Fenland and Huntingdonshire and East Cambridgeshire.

The County Council made £50,000 available for the schemes in Fenland, Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire and the market towns and £25,000 for projects in Cambridge itself – a total of £275,000 from county council resources which is match funded by the local communities themselves.

Among the successful schemes are new safety barriers at Bedlam Bridge in Fenland, with speed reduction and traffic calming measures; parking restrictions and safety improvements near schools, planned elsewhere.

Other schemes given the go-ahead include new footways and pedestrian crossings, dropped kerbs to help people with disabilities and junction improvements.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Access, Tony Orgee, said: “I am delighted that the county council has been able to find the money from its very stretched resources to meet the cost of these improvement scheme which will benefit the whole of Cambridgeshire. This has been a truly partnership project which has involved ideas from local people who know their community best, coming forward for consideration by the county council and those ideas have also been backed by a financial commitment from the community.

“I am particularly pleased that we have been able to provide the additional funding required to allow the installation of a safety barrier at Bedlam Bridge to proceed.

The Fenland Road Safety Campaign has campaigned hard for these improvements and has offered a significant contribution towards the cost of the scheme as a result of its fund raising work and it is good news that we have been able to support its bid.”

A further announcement of the successful bids in Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire is expected in the coming weeks.