SNCC successfully recruits help from Huntingdon MP, Jonathan Djanogly, to get safety issues at Brampton Hut crossing resolved.
When Club members raised concerns that the Brampton Hut crossing was hazardous for cyclists as the traffic lights were not fully working, SNCC contacted our local MP, Jonathan Djanogly, and asked him to take up the matter with Highways England. Less than a month later, I’m pleased to report that the junction is now fully operational. Mr Djanogly’s latest correspondence is attached below.
It’s good to know that the Government and its agencies take the concerns of cyclists seriously, and that the cycleway is now fully operational for the enjoyment of all. If you are aware of other issues affecting cyclists that might benefit from escalation to the powers that be, please contact the club.
"Dear Mr Biggs
Thank you for your further email.
I have now received the email below from the Project Director for the A14 at Highways England and I am very pleased that the crossing has now been successfully inspected and has opened today.
I very much hope your members will be able to enjoy the new cycleways.
"From: A14 Cambridge Huntingdon
Dear Mr Djanogly
Thank you for your email of 26 May, passing on your constituent’s concerns about the Brampton Hut crossing in relation to the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.
First of all, please extend my apologies to Mr Biggs for the amount of time it has taken us to open this crossing. As previously mentioned we’ve had multiple challenges at this location. The latest audit has highlighted that the two traffic lights control systems on the roundabout weren’t communicating correctly. I am afraid the crossing had to remain closed until this defect was corrected to ensure the safety of the junction for all road and path users. The COVID-19 restrictions also caused us delays, whether this was getting required materials manufactured and delivered to the site or being able to get specialist contractors in to undertake work.
I’d like to assure you that my team has worked hard to fully open the junction as quickly as possible. As noted above the works required expertise that wasn’t readily available. We also needed to get the true reflection of traffic using Brampton Hut gyratory before we could configure the east side and west side controllers.
When the lockdown restrictions eased and the country started to come out of lockdown, we started to record true reflection of traffic data. We needed this data for a major configuration to the software within the two controllers, before we could safely open this crossing to the public.
I am pleased to inform you that the specialist contractors inspected the traffic lights today and approved the changes made. I am delighted to say that we have now opened this crossing to the public.