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Enforcement cameras become active on Mill Road bridge in Cambridge

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Mill Road bridge in Cambridge shut to cars due the Covid 19 pandemic. Picture: Keith Heppell. (38408967)
Mill Road bridge in Cambridge shut to cars due the Covid 19 pandemic. Picture: Keith Heppell. (38408967)

Enforcement cameras on Mill Road bridge will become active today (Wednesday).

The bridge is closed to cars, vans and lorries in both directions, but is open to people travelling by bus, bike and on foot.

Notices to remind motorists are being displayed on traffic screens on routes into the city. Drivers who ignore warnings and continue through the bus gate will be fined £60 (down to £30, if paid within two weeks).

There is still access to shops and homes along Mill Road, but drivers will not be able to pass over the bridge, which has been shut to cars, vans and lorries as part of a series of schemes across the county to encourage cycling and walking and support social distancing measures during the pandemic.

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We’d like to thank all those who have been adhering to the new restrictions unfortunately some drivers are still choosing to ignore the new restrictions. Enforcement cameras are now in place and anyone breaking the rules will be caught.

“We appreciate that this is a significant change to Mill Road and we welcome all feedback from those affected by the changes, including shop owners, local residents, cyclists and those that worship in the area.

“It’s important to note that the changes are being made under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO). The use of this order allows for road changes to be made quickly with feedback sought alongside the implementation of the scheme and for amendments to be made to the scheme during the life of the experiment.

“It is clear that there are a range of opinions on the new road layout – with some locals in favour of the bus gate and others against. We are taking into account this feedback and our officers continue to monitor the effect of the on-road changes closely.”

People can provide feedback on the changes made by the ETRO either via email policyandregulation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or in writing to Policy and Regulation Team, Highways Depot, Stanton Way, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 6PY.

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