FENLAND: Tragedy is a sad reminder of dangers on fen roads

THE latest road tragedy on the B1040 near the North Bank (Dog in a Doublet) junction, serves as a sad reminder that fatal accidents continue to occur on Fenland roads with alarming frequency, regardless of what might be happening elsewhere in the county,

THE latest road tragedy on the B1040 near the North Bank (Dog in a Doublet) junction, serves as a sad reminder that fatal accidents continue to occur on Fenland roads with alarming frequency, regardless of what might be happening elsewhere in the county, and perhaps the country, as a whole.

It is obvious enough that the 24 per cent reduction in fatalities across Cambridgeshire for 2008, heralded in the Cambs Times as the County's Mark Kemp and Matt Bradney posed with the Highways Service's new award for 'Customer Service Excellence', is likely to have been, at least in part, an incidental benefit of the high fuel prices and subsequent economic downturn generating a significant reduction in traffic volume as the year progressed.

Figures from neighbouring counties would help clarify whether Cambridgeshire's Road Safety Team should be claiming credit for additional reduction in the county's casualty figures.

A comparison between different parts of the county would also be helpful to clarify whether or not Fenland has benefitted from the same level of casualty and fatality reduction as the rest of the county. If this was the case I am sure the County Council would want it to be acknowledged locally.

GRAHAM CHAPPELL

Organiser

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