Daniel Zeichner MP today held a debate on the diversions due to the A14 Cambridge – Huntingdon upgrade in the House of Commons chamber, after months of problems for residents caused by Heavy Goods Vehicles cutting through the city at night when the A14 is closed for works.
This has caused huge noise and disruption for residents, as well as increased pollution, and potential damage to roads unsuitable for heavy loads.
Mr Zeichner told the Transport Minister “it is unacceptable that people in Cambridge are being made to suffer due to problems with the diversion through this long hot summer. It is not right that my constituents cannot sleep with their windows open due to noise, that children have had trouble sleeping through the racket the nights before their exams, that constituents have reported health problems such as one constituent who got in touch to say that the increased fumes along King Hedges road has had health implications for her husband leading to asthma attacks.”
He called for better signage, more monitoring, increased resourcing of police to manage the diversions, and for the county council to deal with the diversion: “I would like the Minister to commit to properly resourcing a framework which means that HGVs follow the proper diversions. Those who do not, should be named, shamed, and fined to protect the people of Cambridge who currently are left unprotected.”
Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani responded to Mr Zeichner in Parliament, commenting that “from September, there will be a step change in diversions which will lead to improvements”.
Mr Zeichner also asked for data on the number of HGVs in Cambridge, and counters – the Minister confirmed that she would publish data on this weekly in response to the MP’s request.
Daniel Zeichner comments: “I was very pleased to have the opportunity to raise this in Parliament, as it is a huge issue effecting hundreds if not thousands of my constituents, but the Minister’s answer was sadly not very encouraging. Although I am pleased that the Minister agreed to my request to publish data on the extent of the problem, she could have committed to further actions.”