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Dear All,

Members may recall my thoughts about why, in comparison to other areas in Huntingdonshire, St Ives was planned to have so little new housing in the next 15 or so years. The reason, in my view, was the costs of improving the road infrastructure to ease the peak hour delays on the A1096, London Road and Harrison Way, and the A1123, Saint Audrey Lane. At the time the County Council had looked at the costs of improving the major junctions from Cambridge Road (now A1307) to Ramsey Road. Later on the Cambridge Road junction was dropped from the lists. But the costs remained too much for the County Council to envisage adding to their programme.

Time moves on and now the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority are responsible for major road improvements. On Monday a new consultation was announced for improving the roads around St Ives and closes July 5th at 5pm.


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The website explains the current situation, and then invites you to complete your contact details and give your opinions on the options. Before you do this you need to consider the options. These are shown under The Way Forward tab.

In short the options are:
1. Bypass Option, a new route from Wyton on the Hill to the London Road/Hemingford Road/Low Road roundabout and then improve the A 1096 to the A1307.
2. ByPass Option, a new route from Wyton on the Hill to Marley Road and then improve Marley Road, Somersham Road, Harrison Way to the A1307.
3. ByPass Option, a new route from Wyton on the Hill to Marley Road, improve Marley Road and Somersham Road, a new road to increase capacity on the bypass, and then improve the A 1096 to the A1307.
4. Local Junction Improvements. This option is the old County Council plan to improve the junctions as mentioned above.
5. Sustainable Transport. Improvements to bus services including reopening (to buses only?) Old Ramsey Road.
6. Non Motorised User Options. Seven options to make Improvements for walkers, cyclists and equestrians.

It is clear to me there is a desire to link improvements around St Ives to the proposed work to the A141 north of Huntingdon. There are no estimates given of the increase in traffic this would lead to on our roads in St Ives. Also there is no mention of the additional housing areas that would then be feasible.

At this stage the Committee has not considered the consultation but we will. Meanwhile I encourage you all to look at the Consultation and email me with your thoughts. Also please complete the questionnaire after careful consideration of the options and remember all responses must be received by 5pm, July 5th.


 We look forward to seeing you at one of our events as soon as we can recommence

Kind regards

David Stewart
Chair: Civic Society of St Ives