Plan to make A428 single lane at Girton interchange ‘is idiocy’

PUBLISHED: 07:23 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:27 11 July 2018

A14 looking West from Histon Bridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

A14 looking West from Histon Bridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Highways England is to make the eastbound A428 to A14 link a single lane at the Girton interchange.

A district councillor has labelled plans by Highways England to keep the A428 single lane at the Girton Interchange as ‘idiocy’.

South Cambridgeshire district councillor Ruth Betson has now announced her intention to oppose the plans.

The Conservative councillor says she is ‘shocked’ by the proposals which came as a result of a traffic study that indicated the sole lane could cope with the expected volume once the A14 upgrade has been complete.

Initially reduced from two lanes to one to allow for working space during the construction of the new bridge over the A428 at the junction with the A14, HE now say traffic modelling shows the capacity of the A428 can be met by a single carriageway and the project team intend on keeping it as single lane permanently.

A Highways England spokesperson said: “We are happy to clarify that there will still be two lanes on the link from the A14 to the M11 when the A14 upgrade is complete. The link from the A428 from Cambourne to the eastbound A14 will have one lane in the future, as the vast majority of traffic at this location will be using the new road.”

Cllr Betson said the notion is “ridiculous”. She said she has brought it to the attention of the Highways England A428 project team and has raised it at the district’s scrutiny and overview committee meeting on June 21.

“We will be doing everything we can to stop this idiocy,” Cllr Betson said.

She expressed concerns that the dualling of the A428 from Caxton Gibbet to the Black Cat roundabout will create more traffic, as will plans to create an expressway corridor between Oxford and Cambridge, which makes it “inconceivable” to have the A428 as single lane at Girton.

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