TRAFFIC calming measures could be installed on a busy Huntingdon road to slow down speeding drivers and improve pedestrian safety. Proposals to install give-way features on Sapley Road are to be discussed at the Huntingdonshire traffic management committ

TRAFFIC calming measures could be installed on a busy Huntingdon road to slow down speeding drivers and improve pedestrian safety.

Proposals to install give-way features on Sapley Road are to be discussed at the Huntingdonshire traffic management committee meeting on Monday (April 20).

The scheme has been submitted by Huntingdon Town Council and has successfully qualified for Jointly-Funded Minor Improvement funding.

The town council has expressed concern about pedestrians crossing Sapley Road, but the flow of pedestrians is said not to warrant a light-controlled crossing, and the road is not wide enough for central islands.

A scheme has been designed using two give-way features to make drivers more aware that they are in a built-up area and reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians.

A letter giving details of the proposed scheme has been sent to residents living adjacent to the features.

The build-outs will make it easier for pedestrians to cross and have the potential to reduce speeds at these points by calming traffic.

There have been four slight-injury accidents within the length of the proposed scheme, but none was attributed to speed.

Although the costs are yet to be finalised, the scheme has a budget of £30,000 with just over £8,000 coming from the town council.

Sharon Piper, area traffic engineer for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The aim, as with all traffic calming, is to reduce vehicle speed. I am unable to provide a start date as a report is being presented to the Huntingdonshire committee on April 20 asking members to determine representations. Should the scheme be implemented, it is likely to take approximately seven to 10 days to construct.