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## ## ‘Madness’ on Mill Road as contradictory signs prompt safety concerns

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Thank you for subscribingSee ourprivacy noticeSigns were put in place encouraging pedestrians to only travel in one direction on the walkways to maintain safe social distancing while crossing Mill Road bridge.

But on one side of the bridge the pavement has been closed for works to be completed, with contradictory signs both encouraging its use and saying it closed.

A number of residents raised concerns after pictures emerged on social media on Wednesday (May 13), and amid ridicule for the “madness” and clearly confused messaging, some also highlighted serious safety issues.

Twitter user Tom Holbrook said: “This is serious you literally cannot stay 2m from someone unless you walk into the road with traffic approaching blindly over the hump of the bridge.

“Someone is going to get killed.”

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this street entertainment? County councillor Ian Manning said the situation was “bonkers”.

And Twitter user Andrew Kennedy called it a “cock up”.

A city councillor for the area, Dave Baigent, asked mockingly if the signs were “street entertainment”.

He hit out at both Network Rail, which he described as a “bully,” and he called out the county council for not challenging it.

Its executive director, Roxanne DeBeaux, said: “In line with advice from the Prime Minister, Camcycle is urging Cambridgeshire County Council to install temporary measures that will give those walking and cycling more space during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is therefore extremely disappointing to see that they have put local residents in danger by approving roadworks that reduce the space to walk on one of the busiest roads in the city.

“This is further exacerbated by the contradictory signage that essentially leaves residents with no footpath to walk on.”

Camcycle is campaigning for the county council to open up more space for cyclists to allow for healthier travel and greater social distancing.

Network Rail said it had been told the work was completed on Wednesday (May 13), but said the work was not undertaken by Network Rail and was in fact carried out by train operator Govia Thameslink Railway.

A spokesperson for Govia Thameslink Railway said: “This essential work at Mill Road Bridge had been planned in agreement with the council for some time. As soon as the council explained the issue and asked us to reopen the footpath we did. We are all key workers in the rail industry, helping keep other key workers across the country moving in safety.”

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