The story of the A1307 is repeated on many roads across the country.
21 people have lost their lives in the past 10 years in a 10 mile stretch of road. It’s a rural road and was never designed as a major truck route for commuter traffic between two of Eastern England’s fastest growing centres. As you drive along the road you see memorial after memorial to the people who have lost their lives.
The road traverses a county boundary. The new houses are in one governmental district but the infrastructure impact ricochets across neighbours. Cars don’t stop at county boundaries but due to complex planning procedures money often does.
Working alongside the campaign group Access 1307, the local MP Jim Paice, and many local residents we have been campaigning for safety improvements. Improvements to the junctions are key but many of the fatalities are due to high speeds. Earlier this year we surveyed every household in the area on their views for reducing the speed limits. Local residents want a lower speed limit. I’ve been on the radio, the papers even the TV.
Last night we heard that part of our campaign has been successful and the speed limit on the road will be reduced in part of the area. This is welcome but it only covers half of the route. I will continue to campaign for improvements along the whole of this dreadful road.