Major Cambridgeshire road flooding safety fears
There are fears over the safety of the A428 this afternoon following a torrential downpour.
The road is severely flooded near the Cambourne Interchange and there is a massive puddle covering the road.
Traffic continues to pass through the area, and there are no warning signs to make drivers aware of the hazard.
It is affecting the road in both directions.
Earlier today the Met Office extended its yellow weather warning, forecasting torrential rain, flash flooding and thunder. Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the week.
A man at the scene said: “I drive down this road all the time, and I have never seen it this bad.
“People are stopping and going round the puddle and then 40 tonne lorries are speeding down the road without realising – someone is going to get killed.
“I cannot believe that there are no warning signs erected in the area of the flooding, the only one I have seen is on the slip road heading from Cambourne to Caxton, nothing at all on the actual A428 itself.
“In 15 minutes I have witnessed at least four incidents which could have turned into serious accidents as people try to pull out to avoid the flooding, or people brake hard to avoid them but seem unaware of the lorries travelling behind them that can’t stop as quickly.
“Some cones and signs would allow one lane to remain open in either direction, currently it’s one person’s mistake away from being closed for the remainder of the day and potentially someone being seriously injured.
“It’s just started to rain again so it’s only going to get more dangerous as visibility will get worse, so basically people will not see the hazard until it’s too late”.
A Highways England Spokesman said: “Safety is our top priority at Highways England and we regularly monitor the safety of all our roads in the region.
“The region experienced some particularly intense periods of rain this morning, and any excess water at Cambourne was cleared as soon as we were made aware.
“However, we urge people to drive to the conditions; in heavy rain drivers should slow down and keep a greater distance between their vehicle and the one in front.”