A1307 could ‘hold us back’ if no fix found

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Calls for an improved A1307

Calls have been made for closer cooperation between Suffolk and Cambridgeshire county councils to tackle issues surrounding the A1307.

The road, which is the main commuter route between Haverhill and Cambridge, has been deemed inadequate by many who see it as a safety concern.

“A huge improvement is needed,” said councillor Tony Brown, who represents Haverhill East and Kedington at Suffolk County Council.

“The traffic congestion will restrict the growth of Haverhill. It they can get it right it will be a huge boost to the town.”

A well-attended meeting took place in Linton Village Hall on Tuesday, for stakeholders to discuss the future of the road and possible improvements that could be made.

At the meeting, it was revealed that a study of the whole A1307 corridor will be published in November as part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s City Deal.

“This is really good news,” said Cllr Roger Hickford, who represents Linton at Cambridgeshire County Council. “Even two years ago, this wasn’t even on the agenda.

“We will push really hard for this and we will see what can be done.”

Improving the A1307 was highlighted as a priority for the MPs for West Suffolk and South East Cambridgeshire, Matthew Hancock and Lucy Frazer respectively, after the General Election in May.

Mr Hancock said: “I am very grateful to Cambridgeshire County Council for your ongoing efforts to engage with local people about how best to approach the problem of the A1307.

“Improving the A1307 is vital to the long-term future of not only Haverhill, but the surrounding areas of Suffolk as well as Cambridgeshire.

“It’s clear that inaction is not an option. The A1307 is dangerous and the number of accidents we see is a real worry for all of us who live here.

“Because of this, I’m pleased that Cambridgeshire County Council, with the support of Suffolk and the district councils, is considering a range of options and will hold public consultations, so that a solution is found which works best for local people and local businesses. It is vital that their views are listened to.

“I believe that the A1307 needs investing in, to help the many residents of Haverhill who have to use it every day.”

Ms Frazer said: “I have met with a number of residents as well as councillors and other key partners to discuss the A1307 and other proposals for improved transport links in the area.

“A number of possible options are still being considered and I welcome the opportunity to continue to discuss these with the council and interested residents.”

Cllr Brown welcomed the work being done as part of Cambridgeshire’s City Deal, but said Suffolk County Council needed to do more.

“I really appreciate what they [Cambridgeshire County Council] are doing. It’s clear they have grasped the nettle.

“Their plan is much more advanced than ours. I wish Suffolk County Council would step up and do something more about it.”