Cambs councillors reject referendum on A14 upgrade £25million contribution

A14 sign

A14 sign - Credit: Archant

THERE will not be a referendum on whether Cambridgeshire County Council will contribute £25million to the A14 upgrade after councillors rejected the proposal.

St Ives councillor Paul Bullen tabled the motion at today’s full council meeting (Tuesday) to hold a consultation and referendum on CCC’s contribution but the idea was rejected by 51 votes to 14.

Cllr Bullen said the referendum would give people choice on transport schemes and could be carried out cheaply, a figure of around £500,000.

Council leader Martin Curtis said Cambridge residents use the A14 regularly and the congested road holds business back. He added that on average a person is injured on the A14 every two days.

He said the council couldn’t afford not to upgrade the A14 which will benefit the county far more than the £25million proposed investment.

Councillor Ian Bates, who represents The Hemingfords and Fenstanton, said 905 people had been injured on the A14 over last five years “and we owe it to them to improve it”.