Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, is demanding improvements from Highways England and Cambridgeshire County Council on ensuring motorway traffic follow the correct night-time diversion route rather than cutting through Cambridge, which has been causing months of disruption for residents of the city.
This week, the A428 eastbound Madingley to A14 eastbound junction 34 will be closed for four nights from Monday to Thursday, with two diversion routes in place; one for motorway traffic that directs drivers around Cambridge city and another for non-motorway traffic that goes through the city. Highways England have made public the routes of the diversion however previous road closures has seen HGV’s following the shorter route through Cambridge, which is having major impacts for local residents.
Mr Zeichner says: “The disruption being caused by HGVs following the wrong diversions during the late night road closures continues to be a serious issue for many of my constituents. In the last few weeks alone, I have seen a significant rise in the number of people coming to me living on Huntingdon and Victoria Road complaining of sleepless nights. The extent of the disruption led to one resident contacting me at 04:00am.”
“In the last few weeks, we have seen Highways England deliver ahead of schedule on the demolition of bridges over the A14. Clearly they are very good engineers and know what they are doing in terms of the build, but there needs to be more of a focus on how this project is having serious consequences for people living around the sites. With the project scheduled to continue until 2020, more must be done to prevent HGVs following the wrong routes and I think it is about time we see what strategies they have in place.”