Azara Blog: Non-delivery lorries will be banned from Maid's Causeway

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Date published: 2007/06/07

The Cambridge Evening News says:

Residents could succeed in their bid to stop lorries thundering past their homes.

People living along Maid's Causeway in Cambridge have been complaining about heavy traffic for some time and claim when lorries drive down the street their homes literally shake.

Now transport bosses have begun public consultation on plans to impose a 7.5- tonne weight limit on Maid's Causeway and Newmarket Road, between the Four Lamps and Elizabeth Way roundabouts, which would mean only lorry drivers who needed to make a delivery or collection between the two could use it.

Cambridgeshire County Council is also considering putting a zebra crossing on Maid's Causeway and there are two options for where it could go, outside The Zebra pub or slightly to the east of Parsonage Street.

Residents demanded action last year and the council agreed to look at lorry restrictions, a 20mph speed limit and a pedestrian crossing near James Street after deciding not to restrict traffic using bollards last July.

A lorry survey commissioned by the council earlier this year found 51 HGVs travelling along the route which did not stop to make a delivery or collection. If the proposals are accepted, those vehicles would have to find another way through the city.

The council hopes the proposed crossing will be used by pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Midsummer Common and The Grafton centre, although legally cyclists will have to dismount.

So the rich residents of Maid's Causeway have managed to browbeat the county council into removing lorries from their road. The article says it all, these "vehicles [ will ] have to find another way through the city". So needless to say, other residents of Cambridge will have to suffer more, in order that the rich residents of Maid's Causeway suffer less. Indeed, these lorries are currently taking an optimal route (almost by definition) and banning them in this way will force them to tak a sub-optimal route, which means that they will be traveling more through the city. So it is quite likely that, taken overall, more residents will end up suffering. In this case, the residents of Chesterton Road and Elizabeth Way are likely to be those who will bear the brunt. Of course since they have yet to feel the impact, they will almost certainly not complain about the proposals as much as the residents of Maid's Causeway will push for their way. Unfortunately the bureaucrats and politicians that run Cambridge always fail to take such things into account. Some special interest pressure group complains about something and they get their way because effectively only their views are considered and not the views of all the stakeholders concerned. This is extremely poor governance.

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