Work to install speed cameras and new 60mph limit on A1 south of Buckden to start next week

12:33 13 February 2014

The road improvements will be carried out this summer in Stotfold

The road improvements will be carried out this summer in Stotfold

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Work to install speed cameras and a new 60mph limit on the A1 between Buckden and Southoe is expected to start next week.

Signs warning of roadworks on the stretch south of the Buckden roundabout from February 17 went up this month.

The Highways Agency has today (Thursday) confirmed that the work will go ahead. Steve Davy, an HA project manager, said: “We are aware that there have been concerns about safety along this stretch of road and we are pleased to be able to start work here next week.

“The introduction of further safety measures along this stretch of the A1 are designed to reduce the number of incidents and so improve the reliability of journeys.”

Fiona Shirley, chairman of the A1 Safety Advisory Group, which has been campaigning for safety improvements on the dual carriageway for years, said: “They were due to start about now. At the last A1 meeting they were hoping to get the work finished by early April.”

Following the lengthy campaign by residents, the HA announced in June last year that it had secured funding to put up speed cameras between Buckden roundabout and 300m south of Lees Lane, Southoe.

Speaking at the time, David Abbott, an HA asset manager, said it was hoped the new measures would address concerns about traffic speeding through Buckden, Diddington and Southoe, making it difficult for residents manoeuvring in and out of the villages onto the A1.

Mrs Shirley added: “It will be good to keep the speed down, particularly around the Southoe bends and Diddington.

“Hopefully it will keep the flow of traffic at Buckden roundabout but that remains to be seen. The parish council and the advisory group will be looking at the consequences with interest.”

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  • I am dismayed that a Highways Agency asset manager appears unaware of the detail of the works the Highways Agency are undertaking in installing average speed cameras to monitor the new 60mph limit from the existing 50mph limit south of the Stirtloe Lane junction in Buckden to south of Lees Lane, Southoe [and in reverse for the northbound carriageway]. Congratulations are due to the HA for finding the money which it is hoped will go some way to increasing the safety of residents of Southoe and Diddington, and all users of the A1 on that stretch of road, but perhaps the HA could provide an explanation of how this new monitored speed limit will as it claims “address concerns of traffic speeding through Buckden .... making it difficult for residents manoeuvring in and out of the village”.

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    John Emm

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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