From the Cambridge News
Road safety works have started on the Newmarket bypass and Stow cum Quy/A14 roundabout and will last until the end of August. Temporary traffic lights will be in place from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.
Why is the road being improved?
The A1303 is a regionally important traffic route, serving as access to Bottisham and Great Wilbraham, and carrying 5,000 vehicles daily.
Between 2014 and 2016, 22 accidents were recorded along this stretch. Narrow lanes, unsealed shoulders, poor line markings, hidden intersections and a number of unprotected roadside hazards have led to it being identified as a high risk A Class road by the Road Safety Foundation, according to Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.
In 2017, funding was secured from the Department of Transport to install the safety measures recommended by the Road Safety Foundation along the full 6.6km route and promote road safety in the area through education.
What improvements are being made to the A1303?
• Road edge markings that cause vibration when driven over.
• Solar and standard road studs to improve visibility of road markings.
• Additional road signage.
• Improvements to lighting along route with additional street lighting to be added at Albert Road and Wilbraham Road junctions.
• Carriageway widening, resurfacing and traffic islands installed at Albert Road, Little Wilbraham Road and Wilbraham Road junctions.
• Carriageway widening at Bell Road junction.
• Carriageway widening at Heath Road junctions to allow for a right turn lane.
• Safety barriers installed and some trees removed along route to improve visibility.
• Bus stop facility next to High Street Bottisham junction will be removed.
• Some field accesses currently on bends to be blocked and moved to safer locations.
Drivers going to and from Newmarket and beyond are also being hit with delays on the A14 as the improvement works start to snake down the route.
Narrow lanes both eastbound and westbound starting at Stow cum Quy have also been causing delays.