Cambridge cyclist laments delay in Cam resurfacing
8:22am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A KEEN cyclist is calling on the local authority to urgently step up its priority of fixing Cam High Street before there is an accident.
Quality assurance manager Steve White, 45, has cycled from his Cambridge home to work in Everlands in the village most days for the last 23 years, but considers the road to be in worse state now than ever before.
Vital resurfacing work was due to take place on the High Street and Draycott to the M5 bridge this autumn but Gloucestershire Highways has decided it will not be looked at until February at the earliest.
Mr White believes the oncoming winter will deteriorate the road even further and pose a bigger risk for both cyclists and motorists on what he considers a dangerous road already.
“It’s not a pleasant experience using that road. It is dangerous,” he said.
“You can’t ride up the side of the road because of the damage so you have to be in the middle and motorists think you're being a pain.”
Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) said it will continue to carry out its safety inspection programme of fixing individual potholes but Mr White was incredulous that the strategy of fixing only 40mm deep-potholes was sufficient.
“They are doing their best when they can, they are short of cash, but I do not believe they are doing what they should be doing,” he said.
“On a bike if you hit a pot hole 35mm deep you’re going to know about it. If you catch a wheel on it, you will be thrown off. What I would like to see is actual resurfacing.”
A spokesman for GCC said the work was being carried out in February to coincide with the school half-term.
“We were looking to move the work forward to the autumn, but this wasn’t possible because of a conflict with the diversion routes of other nearby works and the need to do the work during the school holidays to cause as little disruption as possible,” he said.
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