A14 Road Closures – 27th and 28th April (more details below)

We have full closures of the A14 for the two evenings of Friday 27 April and Saturday 28 April, from 9pm to 6am each night. The full closures are necessary so we can launch a temporary Bailey Bridge across the A14 between Dry Drayton and Girton, so material can be moved from one side of the A14 to the other without using the road network.

The signed diversion route for strategic traffic will be as follows. Eastbound traffic will be diverted off the A14 at junction 24, south on the A1198 and then east along the A428 to Girton Interchange. Westbound will follow that route in reverse.

Local traffic will still be able to travel east along the A14 to access all exit points to and including Dry Drayton. However, local traffic wishing to travel from Girton Interchange west will not be able to get through, so must either use known local routes or use the signed diversion, and then re-join the A14 eastbound after the A1198.

We have deliberately timed these closers to co-inside with the weekend when traffic flow is lower, so hope the risk of HGV vehicles using unsuitable routes will be avoided. The Police will be supporting our closures with physical presence to try to dissuade drivers from using unsuitable routes.

Police Commissioner marks National Stalking Awareness Week

pccPolice and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is today (16th April) marking National Stalking Awareness Week 2018 by reminding members of the public that victims of stalking and harassment in Cambridgeshire are set to get an enhanced offer of support following an innovative partnership with national stalking charity Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

The move, announced on 21st March, will see the charity, who run the National Stalking Helpline, provide specialist training for a new post holder in Cambridgeshire’s Victim and Witness Hub who will provide dedicated support to victims of stalking and harassment.

The new support worker, known as an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) will get hands on experience working alongside staff at the London-based National Stalking Helpline before providing the service locally. The knowledge and experience they gain will enable them to better support and keep safe any Cambridgeshire victims seeking emotional and practical support.  The post is being recruited on the Commissioner’s behalf by Cambridgeshire County Council and will also be supported by the existing team of experienced IDVAs. The initiative will also help officers and staff understand the complexities of stalking and harassment, the experience of a victim and how to address risk and create effective safety planning. This will be delivered through a series of events for officers and local victim support service providers.

Under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, stalking and harassment is both a criminal offence and a civil action. It is illegal for a person to pursue a course of conduct which they know, or ought to know amounts to stalking. A course of conduct means two or more incidents which cause alarm, distress or fear of violence.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust was founded by Diana and Paul Lamplugh in 1986 following the disappearance and later presumed murder of their daughter Suzy.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust receives calls nationwide from victims of stalking and harassment. To date, the National Stalking Helpline has responded to over 23,000 calls and emails. Through advice and advocacy, their stalking specialists make a real difference to the lives of victims.

This initiative is all part of Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite’s commitment to enable victims of crime to access appropriate support.

“Stalking is a very serious problem which can have a devastating effect on victims. Long term effects can include depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, paranoia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“By working in partnership with the national experts in stalking and harassment, I can ensure that support is in place for local victims when and where they need it. Any learning gathered from this will be shared with colleagues involved in providing relevant support services.” Rachel Griffin, Chief Executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said “The collaboration between our charity and the Police and Crime Commissioner is an exciting development that going forward will enable victims to receive improved support from police. It is encouraging that the Constabulary see the invaluable insight that our service can deliver to improve police response to stalking and harassment. We hope that more police forces follow their lead and work with us.”

The charity will also be sharing their knowledge and expertise on stalking and harassment at an event being held at police headquarters in July. Details will be posted on the Police Commissioner’s website in due course.

The advert for the new post in the Victim and Witness Hub, based at Copse Court in Peterborough, will be advertised on the Cambridgeshire County Council website over the coming weeks: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/jobs-&-volunteering/. The IDVA will be part of the wider Domestic Abuse Team employed and managed by the County Council.

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Calls to the National Stalking Helpline, 0808 802 0300, are free from all landline telephones and also from mobiles using the O2, Orange, T Mobile, Three (3), Virgin, and Vodafone networks.

 

Home Office announce approval for Police and Crime Commissioner to take over responsibility for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

 The Home Office have today (26 March 2018) given the go-ahead for Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite, to take on responsibility for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority. He will now become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

The decision made today follows a year long process that involved the production of a business case which underwent a thorough consultation last summer.  The business case was formally submitted to the Home Office in October 2017.  It was then independently assessed by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CiPFA) in December 2017. 

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd said: “It’s great to see Police and Crime Commissioners identifying opportunities to drive greater collaboration between police and fire – there is a real opportunity to improve the services provided to local people. The proposals will encourage joint working, sharing of best practice and innovative thinking.  

“Having a directly accountable leader overseeing both policing and fire will also help maximise available resources and drive transformation across both services. I look forward to seeing the benefits this will bring to the local areas.”

Commenting on the announcement, Jason said: “Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service do a vital job saving lives both through their prevention work, tackling fires and through their many other important roles. The changes announced today will focus on how the fire service is governed and I look forward to working with the Fire Authority to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.

The exact date for transfer of responsibilities has yet to be agreed.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Closures Update

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon closures;

  • Mon 19 to Fri 23
    A1 northbound Buckden to Brampton Hut (9pm – 6am)
  • Mon 19 to Tue 20
    A14 westbound Milton J33 exit slip (9pm – 6am)
    A14 westbound J32 entry slip (9pm – 6am)
  • Mon 19 to Wed 21
    A14 westbound Girton J31 exit slip onto M11 southbound (each night, 9pm – 6am)
  • Mon 19 to Thurs 22
    A1 southbound Alconbury to Brampton Hut (each night, 9pm – 6am)
  • Mon 19 to Fri 23
    A1307 outbound (each night, 9pm – 6am)
  • Tue 20 to Wed 22
    A14 westbound Milton J33 entry slip (each night, 9pm – 6am)
  • Wed 21 to Fri 23
    A14 westbound Histon J32 exit slip (each night, 9pm – 6am)
    A14 westbound Dry Drayton J30 exit slip (each night, 9pm – 6am)
  • Tue 22 to Fri 23
    A14 westbound Fen Ditton J34 entry slip (each night, 9pm – 6am)
  • Fri 23 for one night
    A14 westbound Girton J31a exit slip (9pm – 6am)
  • Fri 23 to Mon 26
    A1 southbound Alconbury to Brampton Hut (Fri 9pm – Mon 5am)
  • Sat 24 to Sun 25
    Potton Rd – Small section B1040, after Hilton & before the A14 (Sat 7am – Sun 7pm)
  • Sat 24 to Wed 28
    A14 eastbound St Ives J26 & Dry Drayton J30 (each night, 9pm – 6am)

We regularly update details of closures specific to our A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/a14c2h) and Twitter (@A14C2H) pages. You can also find our latest posts by searching #A14C2Hclosures.

Our official diversion route will be signposted and you can find diversion maps on our social media pages (or just email us for additional copies).

For questions about our A14C2H closures or scheme, just email A14CambridgeHuntingdon@highwaysengland.co.uk. For updates or information about closures not related to our scheme email info@highwaysengland.co.uk or call 0300 123 5000.

Please note – closures may be subject to change, so check out our social media pages daily for updates.