Villagers call for action on dangerous cross-roads

Philippa Hart, Ellie Harris, Paul Harris at Kneesworth Road, heading toward the Fenny Lane crossroads. Philippa Hart, Ellie Harris, Paul Harris at Kneesworth Road, heading toward the Fenny Lane crossroads.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:37 AM

A call for further action has been made over a dangerous crossroads which has become an accident blackspot.

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The junction of Fenny Lane, Whitecroft Road and Kneesworth Road at the centre of Meldreth has been the scene of several accidents involving vehicles in recent weeks.

Meldreth Parish Council recently met the costs of reducing the speed limit to 30mph, but this does not seem to have solved the problem.

Cllr Susan van de Ven, Meldreth’s county councilllor, has written to Cambridgeshire County Council’s highways department.

She said: “There’s a long history of accidents in this area, and there’s been a spate recently. We have had three since the turn of the year, one of which saw a car end up in a ditch.

“A lot of children travel to school through this crossroads, many on foot. We have counted about 50 who live in West Way, Burtons, Five Acres and The Boulevard, and their safety is obviously a concern.

“I’ve been in contact with the county council because we need support to get something else done. The parish council has met the costs of having the speed limit reduced but it’s going to take a combination of measures.”

Philippa Hart, who lives in Fenny Lane just near the crossroads, said: “One day I fear there will be a fatality at this set of crossroads. The new 30mph speed limit entering Meldreth is a step in the right direction, but needs to be more prominently displayed and better still, obeyed.”

Cllr Graham Borgonon from Meldreth Parish Council said: “Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and the parish council are very much aware of the problem with the junction at Fenny Lane. One of the most recent accidents happened after we put the new 30mph speed restriction in, which suggests that bad driving could be 
a component factor.

“We have advised the county council and highways on the matter but any changes will have to be low cost changes. The matter will be discussed by the parish council on April 3.”

2 comments

  • Well good luck with your "call for action". A month or so ago I was approaching this junction from Whaddon when a car shot across from Fenny Lane without stopping heading for Kneesworth. Altho' my destination was thru Melbourn, i decided to follow the car in order to get it's registration number and report. I followed the erratic driver into Kneesworth Hospital and parked across the back of the car as it was parked. I got out and confronted the driver who initially denied all knowledge but eventually claimed that he didn't see the junction. The following day I reported this to the Police on their non-emergency number. Initially the operator seemed very interested asking me if I could attend a Police Station for interview and I readily agreed. An appointment was made for the next day. Later I was called back by the same operator who very sheepishly told me that no action could be taken because there were no corroborating witnesses or CCTV. I explained that I wouldn't expect my evidence alone to convict someone but that it might save a life if a Police Officer had a chat with the driver. Sadly my argument fell on deaf ears, no doubt because the Police "don't have enough resources". So beware villagers of Meldreth and be careful of what you wish for. You will undoubtedly now get a speed camera (laughingly termed "safety" camera) and the locals will all pay the price because it's not about safety, it's about the money. And the really sick joke is that it's not about speed - the new speed limit is incorrect by the way - but bad driving. I'd like to see the camera that fixes that.

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    Gringonuts

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Couple of points, firstly keep hedges cut low to maintain viability, secondly investigate if the hedge boundaries could be moved back allowing a better visibility splay. The third would be to put in four way stop, not often seen in this country but very useful as everyone has to give way to the right.

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    Phil

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

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