Councillor Gerri Bird and Fen Road area resident Carla McQueen have spoken of their shock after the multi car crash on Fen Road on Tuesday evening.
Councillor Bird said: “This is exactly what residents and ward councillors have been saying was bound to happen for months because of the dangerous and anti-social driving that has been happening in Fen Road, Green End Road and the High Street. Cars are racing each other down the road at high speed or mounting the pavements to overtake other drivers at speed on a daily basis. Less than a month ago we held a meeting about the anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving and couldn’t even get the police to come.”
Councillor Bird added: “Since then I’ve managed to get the Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite, to agree to meet with myself as ward councillor and some residents of the area but this shocking incident tonight just drives home how we need immediate and urgent action to address this from the police.”
Carla McQueen, who is standing for election to the City Council, said: “I live just off Fen Road and went down to the scene immediately. It’s a miracle no pedestrians or cyclists were seriously hurt but there is severe damage to the cars of several residents and to a wall. I spoke to several residents who were very shaken up. There had been street racing down the road since the late afternoon. One person who saw it happen told me two cars were racing each other down Fen Road at very high speeds towards Water Lane, one hit a car coming the other way which caused a pile up and then slammed into the wall of the house next to the parking bays before smashing into the parked cars in the parking bay by the river.
What will it take for us to get real and sustained action to tackle this dangerous driving? This road is going to see even more pedestrians and cyclists using it as a route to the new railway station once the new bridge across the River Cam is built and it just doesn’t feel safe. It feels like a tragedy waiting to happen.”