A1 flyover plan for Wittering being driven forward by MP
Calls for a flyover to replace the A1 junction at Wittering have been heard in the House of Commons.
Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire,
Addressing transport minister Jesse Norman in Parliament on Thursday, Mr Vara said: "My constituents and I have been campaigning for many years to secure a flyover on the A1 by Wittering.
"Will the Minister agree to meet me and my constituents with a view to progressing matters?"
Mr Norman responded by saying he was happy to meet up to discuss the matter with the MP and any local councillors he wished to bring.
Commenting later, Mr Vara said: “I remain very concerned regarding the safety of the A1 crossing at Wittering.
"Whilst I appreciate that there are limited funds available, this is a dual carriageway with vehicles travelling at the national speed limit and this poses a serious threat to the safety of those who need to use the crossing on a daily basis."
Dick Roffe, chairman of Wittering Parish Council, said he was 'over the Moon' that plans had taken a step forward.
"We have been pushing for this for more than 30 years, and with up to 200 new homes planned off Lawrence Road and Oundle Road it is even more important that it moves forwards now.
"We don't expect it to be built straight away, but this is a big step forward."
Access to Wittering village from the A1 southbound involves vehicles passing through a gap in the central reservation and crossing the northbound dual carriageway.
Drivers leaving Wittering to go south the A1 have to drive up to the Stamford flyover before coming back on the southbound A1 - adding five miles to their journey each time.