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Putting £1million into upgrading county roads 'is patently unfair' to Cambridge


By Ben Comber


10 05 16 General views Cambridge. Cyclists, traffic congestion, groups of cyclists buses. Picture: Keith Heppell
10 05 16 General views Cambridge. Cyclists, traffic congestion, groups of cyclists buses. Picture: Keith Heppell

A councillor is hitting out against the decision to exclude road upgrades in the city from an upgrades scheme.

Up to £1million will be spent by the county council to look at improvements to various junctions around the county, including roundabouts in Ely, junctions in Newmarket and Huntingdon, and various junctions in March.

But Liberal Democrat Cllr Nichola Harrison, who represents Market division in Cambridge, says it’s “patently unfair” to city residents that schemes in Cambridge have not been considered.

She said: “I can’t see how they can justify excluding Cambridge – the committee report says it’s because the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) will pay for everything that’s needed in the city. But they don’t exclude South Cambridgeshire, which is also covered by the GCP, so it’s nonsense.

“In any case, the City Deal was supposed to bring additional money to Greater Cambridge because of the exceptional growth pressures there – the money was to add to other funding, not replace it.”

The upgrades will seek to address existing congestion issues.

The county council says its aim is to develop schemes so they are ready for implementation as and when further funding opportunities arise.



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