Improvements Agreed to Make the A10 Waterbeach Safe
The Louis Thorold Foundation (#louisthorold) is pleased to announce following collaboration with Cambridgeshire County Council, the Mayor and local MP that a plan is now in place to improve safety of pedestrians between Waterbeach and Milton, being implemented over the next 3 months.
8 weeks has passed since the incident that caused the tragic death of Louis Thorold and resulted in his ma-ma Rachael Thorold still being critically ill in hospital in London. During that time, Louis and Rachael's family have created the Louis Thorold Foundation (www.louisthorold.com), raised over £30,000 which will be used to further the protection of children on our roads, and successfully campaigned to make the A10 safe.
The issues which caused the incident are complex, but the Louis Thorold Foundation has initially targeted the road environment along the A10 with a view to ensuring that pedestrians are safe from high speed traffic along the route and that any learnings from the death of Louis can be made promptly so no one else has to suffer or lose their lives. Through this, the principles of #visionzero and a 'safe systems' approach supported by evidence are critical to ensuring that no further lives are lost on this road.
Today we are pleased to announce following collaboration with a range of stakeholders that Cambridgeshire County Council has committed to do the following:
Fast Track a Route Safety Study into the A10 between the A14 and Denny End Lane by Friday 26th March to ensure sufficient evidence exists to support safety improvements;
Install Speed Monitoring Equipment with a view to generating evidence to support a speed limit reduction which will be completed via TRO (Traffic Regulation Order) which will be applied for in late April for introduction in early June;
Bring forward works already planned to install a segregated dual use pathway between Waterbeach and Milton with works beginning in autumn 2021.
The Louis Thorold Foundation will continue to work with Cambridgeshire County Council over the coming months to ensure the improvements made meet the requirements of the community and offer a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists alike. We would like to thank the place and economy department at Cambridgeshire County Council, Lucy Frazer MP, and the councillors who have supported us throughout this.
The Louis Thorold Foundation is committed to preventing child pedestrian deaths on our roads and reducing to zero. We will:
Promote the advancement of road safety through supporting and campaigning for VisionZero
Support emergency response teams including the Air Ambulance Service, the Ambulance service and 1st responder teams
Raise funds through various charitable activities
Invest in research surrounding road safety and associated rehabilitative treatment of Severe Brain Injury (SBI)
Campaign for related road safety charities
For more information please use the contact us section of our website www.louisthorold.com.