Cambridgeshire and Suffolk politicians work to improve A1307

fatal RTA A1307 the duel carraige way before linton'at balsham crossroads
fatal RTA A1307 the duel carraige way before linton'at balsham crossroads

Improvements to the A1307 are being sought by groups set up on either side of the county border.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has arranged a public meeting to call for the dualling of the notorious road – a long-standing objective of his.

In Cambridgeshire Roger Hickford, chairman of Linton Parish Council and a member of both Cambridgeshire County and South Cambridgeshire District councils (SCDC), is continuing the work with the steering group he formed.

Mr Hancock has previously signed a petition calling for the road to be dualled to address safety and congestion concerns, and the public meeting he has called will be at the New Croft at 6pm on March 21.

It will draw together representatives from relevant organisations, businesses and residents to explore solutions such as improved public transport, dualling of the highway, the possibility of government funding, a potential bypass around Linton and associated development funding.

“Since being elected in 2010 one of the issues that has been raised with me time and again is the A1307,” said the skills minister.

“Haverhill is on the up and I think there is wide support for more infrastructure to support that, but I think the community needs to come together to really give this idea a big push if we are to get anywhere.

“That is why I am calling for a public meeting on March 21.

“I hope everyone concerned about the future of Haverhill can attend.”

Mr Hancock has already been involved in Cllr Hickford’s steering group, which has called together MPs, MEPs, county and district/borough councils, parish councils and other organisations involved.

Next Thursday (13) there will be a meeting off all the parish councils along the A1307, and there will be a Cambridgeshire County Council cross-council meeting on March 21.

“Funding largely depends upon the Cambridge City Deal, which is going through now,” said Cllr Hickford.

“Oxford have got theirs and we are waiting for ours to be rubber-stamped as there are still some minor negotiations going on and hopefully it will all go through soon and release funding for the Haverhill to Cambridge corridor.

“A lot will have to be spent on public transport but the rest can be spent on upgrades and improvements to junctions.

“This will do a lot to link Fourwentways with Cambridge, so Mr Hancock’s group is more about linking Haverhill with Fourwentways, and that’s what he’s thinking about with the Linton ring road.

“He is a person of influence and as he has the bit between his teeth we welcome his involvement.”

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