Friday, September 12, 2008

Call for Roadworks CCTV

Following the meeting on Tuesday with the police to discuss safety issues at the Hills Road bridge Guided Bus works, I am calling for the City Council to deploy some of its mobile CCTV cameras to cover the Hills Road bridge and junctions, particularly during the final two weeks of single lane working.

Due to technical issues with the works it isn't yet clear when this final period of single lane working will occur, it was originally scheduled for the start of October, but is likley to be delayed.

The problems of the roadworks have been widely reported to Councillors, the Police, the Guided Bus team and other organisations such as Cambridge Cycle campaign, and include:
- Aggressive following and dangerous overtaking of cyclists on the bridge - which I think is the main risk.
- Illegal turning manoeuvres, particularly relating to right turns banned during the works.
- Obstruction and box marking violations at the Cherry Hinton Road junction.
- Cycling on the pavement.
- Inappropriate speed and poor control driving through junctions.

I'm hoping CCTV can highlight the nature and scope of problems to the police and the Guided bus team allowing measures to be taken and resources allocated to target specific problems, and with some publicity deter some of the more extreme dangerous actions.

I've already had support from other Councillors in Coleridge and Queen Ediths, so hopefully the Council will look favourably on the request.

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