Traffic Petition to achieve a 24hr ban on HGVs travelling through Hilton
All residents should now have received a hard copy of the petition from Hilton Parish Council. Unfortunately there is a slight mistake in the leaflet, the figures mentioned for vehicles through the village are daily, not weekly, numbers.
The full text of the petition is below:
In 1998, Hilton started discussions with Cambridgeshire County Council to prevent heavy goods vehicles
travelling through the village. This was opposed by several large hauliers who insisted that the B1040 was
an essential route for their lorries, however the night time ban was then approved.
Since then the new A14 has opened, the Papworth bypass has opened and one of the main objectors in
Fenstanton has closed their site. There now exists an excellent “bypass for Hilton” using the A1307 and
the A1198 to connect St Ives to Papworth.
The number of vehicles using the B1040 has increased and in July 2019 CCC recorded 8705 vehicles
using the road in a week (correction: day) with 1115 of these being HGVs. The new A14 was supposed to reduce traffic
through Hilton, but there has been a 50% increase since 2000. According to CCC data, between 07:00
and 17:00, 1 HGV goes through Hilton every minute. Redevelopment of the A428 could result in
increased traffic volumes through the village.
The B1040 has listed buildings (some with no pavement between the home and the road), a nursery with
an outside play area next to the road as well as 80 residential houses.
The Parish Council is part of the joint traffic committee discussing the Diamond Area Heavy Commercial
Vehicle Study. We applied unsuccessfully for an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order earlier this year to
encourage cycling on the B1040. We successfully submitted a Local Highway Improvement bid in 2020-
21 for a feasibility study to remove Hilton from Cambridgeshire County Council’s (CCC) Advisory Freight
Route (AFR) on the advice given by CCC in 2019. However, this has stalled due to a re-evaluation of the
AFR. In 2019, we also completed a Non Motorised Users (NMU) feasibility study for routes leaving Hilton,
but we are still waiting for the outcome.
We have a great deal more information about how traffic affects the lives and health of Hilton residents. It
is the main topic of discussion in every forum.
We would like the County Council to fully understand the situation with so many different departments
discussing the different initiatives. We have now applied for a 24 hour ban on HGVs using the B1040
through Hilton and this will be decided upon at a meeting of CCC’s Highways and Transport Committee
in Spring 2021 and we are advised that presentations to support our bid will be within the next few weeks.
Our aim is to have healthy streets, with safe walking and cycling routes and Heavy Good Vehicles
directed to use the existing A roads, rather than the B1040.
Your explicit support of these endeavours will be a powerful addition to our case.
PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY SIGNING THE PETITION AND RETURNING IT EITHER VIA THE DROPBOX IN
THE VILLAGE SHOP, DIRECTLY TO NICOLA WEBSTER, CLERK TO HILTON PARISH COUNCIL AT 10 CHURCH END, HILTON
OR YOU CAN EMAIL THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TO NICOLA AT
I SUPPORT THE HILTON PARISH COUNCILS CAMPAIGN TO ACHIEVE A 24 HOUR HGV BAN
Please reply as soon as possible as the Parish Council may need to submit
the results early in the New Year in support of the bid to ban HGVs.
The petition is open until 6 January 2021 and can be signed by all members
of your household. Every signature counts.
Thank you for your support.