A141 could get traffic lights at B1093 Manea Road junction - if a study warrants it and if the money can be found to fund them

PUBLISHED: 15:22 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:22 15 March 2016

Aftermath of A141 collision yesterday

Aftermath of A141 collision yesterday

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Traffic lights could be installed on the A141 at the junction with the B1093 Manea Road if a study warrants it and if money can be found for them.

The news was revealed today by Richard Lumley, head of local infrastructure and street management at Cambridgeshire County Council.

He was responding to concerns from local councillors in the wake of a collision further along the A141, at the Wimblington turn, yesterday.

Mr Lumley said: “The safety of all road users in Cambridgeshire is our paramount concern and every year we develop and build a number of schemes to help save lives.

“The A141 junction with B1093 Manea Road is an identified collision cluster site and investigations into incidents at the site have been carried out by road safety engineers.

“They found that installing traffic signals at the junction could be a potential solution but further work was required.

“This feasibility study is planned for the new financial year, and if it is a viable proposal we will work to develop a business case to seek funding to add this to the three year Transport Delivery plan as part of our forward programme of safety schemes.”

In recent weeks there has been concerns raised over a diversion route following closure of Leonard Childs Bridge.

Adam Cobb, local projects engineer, told councillors: “The diversion route set complies with CCC policy which states the diverted route must be the same classification of road or higher than that closed.”

He said it was “imperative” that diversions avoid villages and residential areas. The B1093/A141 junction “has good forward visibility and is a standard junction. Temporary traffic lights can only be installed on the A141 during off peak times.”

Mr Cobb said he had considered Mill Hill roundabout as an alternative diversion but slight accidents there in the past six years had triple the number of accidents compared to the B1093 junction. It therefore “does not support a change in route.”

Councillor Maureen Davies said she was disappointed with his response since vehicles entering and leaving the B1093 junction were faced with vehicles travelling at 60mph which was not the case at Mill Hill.

“I believe queuing for this junction is highly likely to make drivers impatient which may impact on judgement,” she said.

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