Calls for A10 speed limit review after death of Cambridge University Dean

18:41 02 July 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses from the crash following the death of John Hughes

Police are appealing for witnesses from the crash following the death of John Hughes


Calls have been made for speed limits on the A10 to be reviewed after a Cambridge University Dean died in a car crash.

Reverend Doctor John Hughes, 35, died following a two-car collision on the A10 near the turning for Station Road, Meldreth on Sunday.

Dr Hughes, who was Dean of Jesus College in Cambridge, suffered fatal injuries when the blue Toyota Corolla he was driving was in a collision with a grey Volvo S80.

There have been a spate of accidents on the A10 in recent months, and Melbourn county councillor Susan van de Ven believes a drop in the speed limit could make the road safer.

She said: “The accident in Meldreth happened on a stretch of road where the speed limit is 60mph. Given the advice so often issued about the greater the speed the greater the impact, it would seem sensible at the very least for a lower speed limit to be implemented.”

Cllr van de Ven has written to Cambridgeshire County Council to ask if the road safety team can look at the Frog End junction near Shepreth, another common scene of accidents.

She added: “I would ask them now to include the Meldreth accident blackspot as well.”

The accident occurred at 5pm on Sunday. A 22-year-old man from Cambridge, who was a passenger in the Corolla, suffered minor injuries, while a 36-year-old woman, also a passenger and from Cambridge, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Volvo, a 67-year-old man from Doddington, suffered slight injuries. No one else was in the vehicle. The air ambulance attended the scene, but the injured trio were taken by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Fire service crews from Royston and Buntingford attended to assist crews from Cambridgeshire at the scene, with one of the cars having caught fire. The A10 was closed during the incident, with traffic diverted through Melbourn.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision or either vehicle involved just prior to contact them. The Toyota was travelling north and the Volvo south.

Anyone with information should contact the collision investigation unit on 101.

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  • It's about time roundabouts were put in at the SheprethFowlmere cross road and at the northern entrance to Melbourn.

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    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • I travel from Royston to Foxton and back every day on the A10 and probably see one accident a week there now. Its because people will not wait 5 mins for a break in the traffic before they pull out and don't judge the distance of oncoming traffic. Several times I have had people pull out in front of me and I had a very near escape when the motorbike in front of me got hit as I turned off to go to the garden centre in Melbourn.

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    Thursday, July 3, 2014

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