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Date published - 31/12/2019

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Information Rights

Bedfordshire Police Headquarters,

Woburn Road, Kempston,

Bedford, MK43 9AX


Telephone: 01234 842547



11 November 2019

Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Ref No: FOI2019/06590

I write in connection with your request for information received on 14th October. I note you seek access to the following information:

Please can you disclose the following: -

1. how many RTAs have occurred on the B1040 between St. Ives and Somersham in the past five years? Please detail the following in addition: Specifically how many of those relate to the cross roads at Wheatsheaf Road and Bluntisham Heath Road?

2. how serious were the accidents (e.g. levels of injury sustained, fatality etc)?

3. how many people were involved/injured/killed?

4. how many were children and how many adults?

5. what types of vehicles were involved? E.g. cycle, motorcycle, car?

6. what was the cause, if known?

7. what subsequent recommendations did the police make to the local authority about road improvements?

8. what was the authority response, if any?

9. is it possible to estimate the time & cost of the emergency services time spent handling those incidents? I apologise for the large extent of the information requested but it is asked with the intention of using it to lobby for improvements

I am required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

Response - 

Following enquiries conducted by Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the Cameras, Tickets & Collisions Unit within the Force please see our response below:

1. 17 recorded on the B1040 between St. Ives and Somersham in total since 2016 (see comment below) and 7 of which are recorded at the crossroads junction.

2. these figures refer to all accidents on B1040 between St. Ives and Somersham as requested – 15 x slight injury RTC’s recorded and 2 serious injury.

3. 43 people involved – 29 injured.

4. 1 child recorded as being involved.

5. 7 x HGV, 25 x car, 2 x motorbike, 1 x van, 3 x pedal cycle & 1 x unknown (Fail to stop RTC)

6. how a Collision occurred and the contributory factors are the initial opinion of how the collision occurred based upon the information available at the time or recording and do not necessarily reflect the final conclusion. There are a number of various causes for the RTC’s recorded such as: - Failed to look properly, misjudging oncoming vehicles, driving too close, excess speed, disobeyed ‘Give Way’ sign, uncorrected eyesight,

7. the collisions department does not make recommendations to the highways authority regarding road layout – for the most serious collisions where a full forensic investigation is made recommendations may be made but none of the above fall into that category. The collisions data is shared with the relevant highways authority so that they can determine if road layout changes are required

8. N/A

9. further information may be available from the specific local authority. Cambridgeshire Constabulary do not centrally record the time and cost of each RTC investigation. However, the Dept for Transport has completed research on the cost of collisions and their data can be found at Average value of preventing road accidents 

Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s current collision system contains data from April 2016 onwards, it records details of road traffic collisions involving human death or personal injury which occurred on the public highway which were reported to the Police within 30 days of occurrence, and in which one or more vehicles are involved, in accordance with Department for Transport STATS 20 instructions.

For more details visit road accidents and safety stats 

The numerical data presented in this response is an un-audited snapshot of un-published data sourced from "live" systems and is subject to the interpretation of the original request by the individual extracting the data.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter please do not hesitate to contact me quoting the above reference number.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights

Cambridgeshire Constabulary provides you the right to request an independent review of this response under its review procedure. If you require such a review you must notify us within two months from the date of this letter. After lodging a complaint with Bedfordshire Police if you are still dissatisfied with the decision you may make an application to the Information Commissioner. For information on how to make a complaint please visit or contact them on 0303 123 1113








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