Blackspot safety plan for Fenland road

A �250,000 scheme to remodel the bends at a notorious accident blackspot has been proposed by road safety experts. However, funding for work on the Gypsy bends on the A1101 Sutton Road in Wisbech will have to compete against other major road safety projec

A �250,000 scheme to remodel the bends at a notorious accident blackspot has been proposed by road safety experts.

However, funding for work on the Gypsy bends on the A1101 Sutton Road in Wisbech will have to compete against other major road safety projects being considered by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The new scheme would change the bends to make them less tight and also look at different types of surfacing to give more grip.

Last week The Standard exclusively reported how a pensioner Roy Ashton, whose wife had died on the A1101 had given �1,000 to fund a leaflet campaign.


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But while campaigners say they are delighted with the proposal they will continue their fight for a 40mph speed limit and fixed safety cameras.

The bends have the highest number of fatal or serious accidents in the whole of Cambridgeshire. This week it was revealed county council engineers were on site and witnessed the latest two accidents

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Campaigner Virginia Bucknor said: "We are delighted and very pleased but even if the bid is successful we have been asked to continue the campaign - the fight is not over yet.

"This has come about because of pressure from the whole community including The Wisbech Standard but why has it been necessary for us to put so much pressure on to get something done about the worst accident blackspot in Cambridgeshire?"

News of the scheme came at a meeting of the Fenland Traffic Management Area Joint Committee on Friday.

The council will also carry on with its plans to reduce the speed limit to 50mph and put solid while lines on the bends. Signs have already been put up warning drivers to slow down and mobile safety cameras are being used.

County councillor Steve Tierney, local member for Roman Bank and Peckover said: "I am glad to see the council is moving quickly on this. I will be supporting this application through the process and I will be pushing for it to become reality."

Road safety campaigners at a previous meeting. 8939BP109

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