Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner wants HGVs to stop using city roads at night

PUBLISHED: 17:44 28 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:47 28 May 2018

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner is supporting the petition

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner is supporting the petition

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He’s backing a resident’s petition.

Cambridge’s MP Daniel Zeichner has called the response from Cambridgeshire County Council “the first signs of relief for local residents”, after it was stated that additional provisions had been considered in a meeting earlier this week to minimise the disruption being caused by A14 diversions for Cambridge residents.

Additional and more effective signage, the use of the overhead gantry Vehicle Messaging Signs on the A1 & A14, width restrictions to roads as well as the closing of Huntingdon Road are all being considered.

Mr Zeichner said: “Although this communication does not yet guarantee action from Highways England and the council, I think that this is the first sign of some relief for local residents. There is an acknowledgement that a problem exists, and it is a serious problem, and they have stated that they are considering possible solutions to rectify the problem.”

“Many of the cases I have received from constituents have been very concerning, particularly that of Mr Gristwood and the health implications he has suffered because of the fumes from the HGVs. That is why I wrote to the Chief of Executive of Highways England to get some answers for local residents.”

Mr Zeichner says that in recent weeks, dozens of residents have sent complaints to to him regarding the increase of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) using a number of roads in Cambridge during the night as a result of road closures on the A14, causing severe disruption to many residents across the city.

Mr Zeichner went onto say: “The response today is the first step. This must be translated into concrete action. If not, we will continue to stand up for local residents to ensure that they won’t be disturbed throughout the night by lorry loads hurtling down local roads.”

Mrs Elaine Gristwood, who has started a local petition, said: “This is the first step in getting something sorted and hopefully get the HGVs away from the local streets so everyone will be able to have an undisturbed nights sleep and less pollution. It is much appreciated that Daniel Zeichner MP has taken up our cause and supported this.”

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