MP welcomes progress on tackling notorious junction in Littleport

Steve Barclay, Conservative parliamentary candidate.PHOTO: IAN BURTCOPY:FOR:EDP NewsEDP pics © 2010(

Steve Barclay, Conservative parliamentary candidate.PHOTO: IAN BURTCOPY:FOR:EDP NewsEDP pics © 2010(01603)772434 - Credit: IAN BURT

North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay has welcomed news that Cambridgeshire County Council is to take action over a junction in Littleport which claimed the life of teenager Jack Ure.

Mr Barclay announced on Friday that a site visit had been arranged to take place on January 9 to assess the safety of the junction - between Sandhill, Branch Bank and New River Bank - and ascertain whether improvements could be made.

As well as the MP, the visit will also include the lead highways county councillor Mac Maguire and members of the bridge maintenance, safety audit and traffic signals team from the county council.

Mr Barclay said: “I very much welcome the senior level focus on this junction and will update again following the site visit.”

Eighteen-year-old Jack, of Little Downham, was killed after his car was involved in a three-vehicle collision near the busy junction on June 20.

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Just weeks before Jack’s death, 22-year-old Christie Couzens, of Littleport, died after coming off his motorbike in New River Bank, just a few hundred yards from the junction.

In the wake of the two deaths, a petition calling for traffic lights to be installed was launched by Littleport teenager Courtney Pettifor, who appealed directly to Cambridgeshire County Council to act.

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Littleport Parish Council also formed a working party to see what safety improvements could be made at the junction.

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