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PROPOSED new safety measures on a road where a teenager was killed have been branded as disappointing and unlikely to provide any better protection to pedestrians. Maxine Hay, mother of 16-year-old Warren who was killed by a car as he crossed the A141 i

PROPOSED new safety measures on a road where a teenager was killed have been branded as "disappointing" and unlikely to provide any better protection to pedestrians.

Maxine Hay, mother of 16-year-old Warren who was killed by a car as he crossed the A141 in Huntingdon, has said the campaign for improved safety will continue.

She told The Hunts Post that Cambridgeshire County Council's proposals for the road did not go far enough.

CCC says its plans are a starting point and would be upgraded if outside funding can be found.

The council's proposed scheme, which will cost an estimated £160,000, would ban traffic turning right into, and out of, the King's Ripton Road junction. It would also see the construction of a central island with warning signs to help people cross the road.

Mrs Hay, who has been campaigning for safety measures since Warren died in May, said the proposed improvements were not good enough.

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"All [CCC] have done is used our campaign to justify a ban on right turns at the junction, and that is not what we are about. We are about helping pedestrians.

"These proposals would not have prevented what happened to Warren. We are really, really disappointed."

Mrs Hay, with support of the Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group, has been campaigning for a footbridge across the A141, and a cycleway and path leading to Jubilee Park in King's Ripton Road.

She added: "We are reasonable people and know that a bridge is expensive but a light controlled pelican crossing and a reduction in the speed limit would work better than what the council is proposing."

CCC, which agreed to fast-track a bid for safety improvements on the road following Warren's death and overwhelming public support for the campaign, has drawn up costs for a bridge.

A spokesman said a footbridge would cost more than £2million, but added that it would not address the main cause of accidents at the site - drivers turning right out of the King's Ripton Road junction.

Mrs Hay added: "We were sick to our stomachs when we heard the council's offer as it will do nothing to help pedestrians - in fact the middle island encourages people to cross there.

"It is not good enough and they know it. If they want us to keep pushing this then we will. We will not give up until something is proposed that we agree with."

Lead member for highways and transport at the county council, Councillor Mac McGuire, said the proposal was a starting point.

"We have taken a realistic approach in terms of the money we have available and the types of accidents that occur at the site. It is regrettable that our suggestion to provide a better facility for pedestrians and cyclists was not taken at the time of the development of Jubilee Park.

"Any further improvements in this area need to consider the possible link to the park and any growth in its use. We will continue to look for opportunities to find further funding for improved pedestrian and cycle facilities."

The council opted for banning right turns from King's Ripton Road because of the site's accident record.

There has been one fatal accident at the junction in the past 20 years while between 2002 and 2006 there were 10 accidents, eight of which were caused by people turning right.

The next stage for the council's scheme is for the plans to be considered by the Huntingdonshire traffic management area joint committee on September 3. If the committee backs the scheme it will then have to compete for funding against similar schemes from around the county. This will take place in December.

If it plans get the approval of CCC's cabinet, work would be likely to start at the end of 2009.

However, the council has promised that additional safety measures would be added if outside investment can be found. CCC said although it did not want to encourage people to cross the busy A141m its proposal would help those who did decide to cross it.

Cllr McGuire added: "Our proposal obviously does not fully address the issue of pedestrians crossing the road but we would not advise people to try and cross the road. We need to get the message across to parents that children should not be trying to cross the A141."

A fun day held in memory of Warren on bank holiday Monday raised more than £400.

INFORMATION: What do you think the proposals? Do they go far enough? Send your views to or write to The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TB.

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