Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will this week meet with local resident and receive a petition calling for an end to the A14 diversion down King’s Hedges Road, which has been causing continued unhappiness for many since mid-April. The A14 closures have impacted residential areas across Cambridge with a series of roads becoming drive-thrus for Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs) during the night. A campaign against the A14 diversions has emerged following weeks of disruption to local residents.
Mr Zeichner said: “I am looking forward to meeting Mrs Gristwood and speaking to her in person about the plight she and her husband have experienced in recent weeks. It is not acceptable that these diversions are having health implications for the residents of Cambridge and something has to be done to stop it.”
“King’s Hedges Road is not alone in the disruption being caused – I have heard from constituents across the city living on Huntingdon Road, Victoria Road and Newmarket Road – to name just a few. What my constituents want is to understand how these diversions are decided and how long are they going to last? None of this information is easy to obtained and the diversion routes themselves are not very clear to drivers. Last week we heard from the County Council that considerations have been discussed to improve the situation for Cambridge residents, but I want to see that materialise into concrete action.”
Mr Zeichner will meet Mrs Gristwood from King’s Hedges Road, who initiated the petition because of the health implications her husband has experienced as a result of increased fumes emitted by the HGVs. Mrs Gristwood is one of many residents that has complained to Mr Zeichner about the increase of HGVs hurtling down roads all over Cambridge during the night as a result of road closures on the A14. This has caused severe disruption to many residents across the city, with people complaining of lack of sleep due to the noise, damaged roads and health implications.