Uncertainty over new speed limit
WITHIN the next three weeks the unusual speed limit of 19mph that covers the whole of Cambourne will begin to disappear – but it is still unclear what the new limit will be. Cambridgeshire County Council is set to adopt the roads, giving it powers to set
WITHIN the next three weeks the unusual speed limit of 19mph that covers the whole of Cambourne will begin to disappear - but it is still unclear what the new limit will be.
Cambridgeshire County Council is set to adopt the roads, giving it powers to set a new speed limit and tackle parking restrictions, and allow the police more control over speeding.
CCC has said the 19mph speed limit signs will gradually disappear as roads are adopted.
Some of the signs put up by developers to encourage drivers to travel at a sensible speed around the expanding settlement have already been removed.
"The first roads are due for adoption within the next three weeks," said Cambourne Consortium project director, David Chare. "Cambourne Road - including the entrance road, roundabouts and bridge link right down to the sundial roundabout - will be the first to come under the control of the county council.
"The rest of the roads will be adopted phase by phase.
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"Once the roads are officially adopted the police will have enhanced powers to penalise motorists for offences such as speeding and the county council will be able to take steps to enforce parking measures."
The first homes in Cambourne were built in 1999 and since then the roads have been managed by the developers.
Officers from CCC will be inspecting the roads over the next few weeks prior to deciding what the new speed limit should be.
Mr Chare added: "This is something we have been moving towards and we are delighted it is now happening bringing benefits for the village and its residents."
A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire County Council told The Hunts Post the council was "working hard with developers to have these roads adopted as soon as possible".
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