Bar Hill is notorious for traffic jams, with drivers often getting trapped in the Tesco car park after just nipping down to the shop.
The situation has recently become even more dire for commuters as part of the ongoing A14 upgrade.
Last weekend saw closures in the area as the move was made from the old junction 29 Bar Hill bridge, across to one of the new ones.
There will be two new bridges by the time the works are completed, with the old flyover being demolished.
Temporary traffic lights put in place to help control the flow of traffic across the new flyover between Longstanton and Bar Hill have been the bane of many drivers’ commutes.
Locals and people who use the flyover frequently have decided to air their grievances on the Highways England A14 improvements Facebook page.
“An absolute nightmare”
Posting on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon page, one user got straight in there on Monday morning (June 10) posting at 8am.
He said: “Apparently an absolute nightmare to get from Willingham to Bar Hill – people saying they’ve been stuck in queues for over 30 mins. Come on guys, people have to get to work! Why aren’t these things planned better?”
It wasn’t long before more people began to post on the page to share their views, with one saying:
“Hi, simple question, do you ever listen to local residents?
“Many people expressed concerns about traffic lights at the new bridge. It appears nobody listened and chaos ensued until you reverted to manual direction at the junction.
“Will you apologise and make changes?”
In response, someone running the page commented with a reply, saying: “Please be assured that the traffic lights are being monitored, both on site and via CCTV, and we’ll be making any necessary adjustments to the timings accordingly.”
Another road user posted: “Can something be done about the timing of the new lights on the B1050? Nightmare this morning. Left half an hour earlier at 6.45 already queue back to Home Farm Road roundabout.
“Road from Bar Hill end free flowing. My husband left later as he had to drop children off. Took 50 mins from Longstanton to Bar Hill. Would be quick to walk but the road is unsafe with no pavement.”
Again, Highways commented with the same response trying to assure this driver that the traffic lights are being monitored.
Frustrated drivers suggest ways to solve the back ups
Others took more of a short and sweet, sarcastic approach.
One person said: “I really appreciated the 40 min delays this morning, the new traffic system seemed to be working well!”
While another congratulated Highways on its work, posting a photo of a gridlocked car park at Tesco, saying: “Can’t get out of Tesco car park. Nailed it guys well done!”
Another simply said: “Sort out these ridiculous lights at Bar Hill. Micky mouse temporary lights are useless. Get some proper ones. SORT IT OUT.”
In the past 24 hours there have been at least nine other people posting their feedback about the new layout.
Many of these posts just asked the Highways team to sort out the lights and signalling, while others went more in depth about the situation, even offering possible solutions short term for the junction.
These include suggestions of temporary lights “that are capable of having a phase at green during multiple stages” to allow traffic to continue moving as others wait to make turns.
With the A14 roadworks set to continue for another 18 months, due to be completed in December 2020, there’s still a while left until traffic is freely flowing once again.
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