A COUPLE has spoken of their devastation of having no choice but to move home because a bus stop is being built outside their Cambridgeshire home as part of their city’s upgrade project.
New cycle and bus routes being added to the couple’s busy residential area as part of Cambridge‘s £24 million two-year Milton Road upgrade project, which will limit street-side parking.
Julian and Bethany Blakeman, who live on Milton Road, said that they construction of a bus stop on the road outside their house is forcing them to move home.
Julian, who is a caretaker at a local school in the area, said he needs ready access to his car, as he can be called at all hours of the day in case of emergency.
The caretaker, who claimed he learned about the bus stop construction plans from a neighbour, said that he is no longer able to park his car outside his house – an issue when he is on call at night.
“My car is down at the school now,” hy het vertel Cambridge News, “and my biggest fear is if the alarm goes off at who knows what time in the morning I’ll have to get up and walk down there.”
Wife Bethany said she fears Julian will have to walk to his car in the dark when he is on call.
“It’s not safe to walk down Milton Road after dark let alone in the middle of the night,” sy het gese.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP), intussen, said they are engaging with local residents about the new cycle path and bus routes plans and designs, which will cost as estimated £24 million.
This includes the location of new bus stops.
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The GCP confirmed it will be launching a public consultation on their proposals regarding resident parking, next week.
“The GCP consulted the public on the Milton Road project in 2015/16 en 2018 en, following feedback from residents and ongoing engagement with the Milton Road Local Liaison Forum (LLF), we made several modifications to the designs, such as the location of bus stops,” a GCP spokesperson said.
“Once construction is complete, the Milton Road Project will provide safer and more reliable bus and active travel journeys between Cambridge and communities to the north to help cut congestion and improve air quality along a busy route in and out of the city.”
The upgrade will require an estimated two years of roadworks.