Accident blackspot on A47 among new Government road schemes

Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP with Stewart Jackson and Shailesh Vara looking at the proposed site for road improvements on the A47 from Wansford to Sutton EMN-140112-104246009
Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP with Stewart Jackson and Shailesh Vara looking at the proposed site for road improvements on the A47 from Wansford to Sutton EMN-140112-104246009
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A busy accident black spot on the A47 will become a dual carriageway in a new £60,000 scheme.

Work will start on the stretch of road at Wansford near the junction with the A1 in January. The work will take place at the spot where Samantha and Stephen Durber were killed in August last year, leaving three year old Lucas without parents.

North West Cambridge-shire MP Shailesh Vara said he had been calling for improvements for years.He said: “It has been a long campaign, but we finally now have some funding to get the work done.

“This will help motorists get into Peterborough, which can help improve the economy of the area. I think it is good news all round.”

The news of the new works was also welcomed by Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson, who said: “I am pleased the government has identified this as a priority route. It is a strategic road into Peterborough and it is important we get it right.

“It has also been a very serious accident blackspot over the years, and we recently saw the awful tragedy where a child was left as an orphan.

“This will increase the road capacity into Peterborough.

“Although it is a relatively modest scheme in comparison to others announced across the country, it has been needed for many years.”

The funding is part of a national project to improve roads across the country, with £300 million being made available across the A47 route.

Secretary of state for education Nicky Morgan was at the announcement at Sacrewell Farm on Monday. She said: “Stewart Jackson and Shailesh Vara have lobbied hard to make the government aware of the problems here, including the tragic accident last year, but also in terms of making sure traffic flows freely and safely.”

Mike Rooney, general manager at Sacrewell Farm located on the A47 at the junction where works will take place, said the changes would help the attraction.

He said: “About 90,000 people visited us last year, but the A47 has always proved a very difficult road. There is a lot of congestion, and there have been a number of accidents in the past. From our point of view any improvements to the highway will make it easier for us and other attractions in Peterborough to bring in visitors.”