Beware of mud on road, warns biker

A MAJOR road that helps link St Neots to Cambourne and Cambridge is a danger to road users because of a thick layer of mud, according to a motorcyclist. Mark Browning told The Hunts Post he skidded off his motorbike after hitting a patch of mud by one of

A MAJOR road that helps link St Neots to Cambourne and Cambridge is a danger to road users because of a thick layer of mud, according to a motorcyclist.

Mark Browning told The Hunts Post he skidded off his motorbike after hitting a patch of mud by one of the new roundabouts next to the Loves Farm development in St Neots.

He had been on his way to join the A428 to travel to work in Papworth, but said he now takes an alternative route.

"I was riding along and the bike slipped out of control on the mud. If this is not sorted out there will be another accident," he said.


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Mr Browning, 32, said he slid from his bike on May 18 at 3am, damaging his thumb and his bike.

He picked up his bike and continued on to work, but later that evening went to A&E at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

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Mr Browning's wife, Rachel, 35, who works for the Citizens Advice Bureau, added: "The road needs to be cleared of mud to avoid something like this happening again. It is a danger for motorbikes."

Mr Browning, who lives in Blair Way, Eynesbury, and works for Asset Co, which specialises in vehicle body building, said he is now seeking compensation.

"This is totally unacceptable and I would like compensation to cover my losses. It is absolutely paramount that the mud is cleared daily. If nothing is done immediately a fatal accident could occur."

A spokesman for Alfred McAlpine, the developer responsible for the maintenance of the road during the building of Loves Farm, said the safety of the public was its top priority.

"We have been sweeping the roads around the site eight hours a day since works began.

"As well as a full-time road sweeper, we have a jet wash facility to clean tyres at our busiest access point. We will conduct a full investigation into the incident and will be looking at any extra measures that may need to be taken to ensure driver safety."

The company, which has in the past sponsored St Neots football matches and provided floodlights and security for the adjacent football ground, said it is processing Mr Browning's compensation claim.

INFORMATION: What do you think of the new road around Loves Farm? Is there too much on the road? Send your views to editor@huntspost.co.uk or write to The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TB.

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