Campaign Started To Prevent More Deaths In River Nene

A campaign's been started, to get safety barriers installed along part of the River Nene in Ramsey.

It follows the death of 19-year-old Natalie Scotchford, who was killed in 2013.

Her brother was driving the van she was travelling in, which crashed into the river.

He later admitted to causing her death while drink-driving.

Natalie's friend, Rebecca Elliott, is leading the campaign. She says, "To put into words how much this campaign means to myself and so many others is not done with ease. However, I will start by saying we are not the first to fight for such protection along this river and until something has been done I can assure you we will not be the last.

"Protecting the community from any more devastating losses in future is the reason for this campaign and we fight for those who have lost their lives. Many blame the drivers, but never will we be able to 100% guarantee that people will drive with the utmost care. That being the case, the punishment for those that may have had that moment of not being in control should never be a high risk of death.

"Barriers, no matter the cost, will save lives and provide safer roads for those living in the area, I and many others believe that is vital. How many more will we have to lose before we realise enough is enough? We need to act now."

Shailesh Vara MP for North West Cambridgeshire, has written to Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council, urging him to consider putting safety barriers along the River Nene in Ramsey.

Mr Vara said, "This is a site on the River Nene which took away the life of Natalie Scotchford, a young woman who had so much to live for. It is important that we do all we can to prevent future tragedies and I have therefore asked the county council to look into the feasibility of putting up safety barriers along this part of the river.

"I commend Rebecca and her friends in trying to ensure that future tragedies are avoided."

Cambridgeshire County Council say, "We have no plans to install safety barriers along the River Nene - we currently only have enough money to repair damaged barriers and inspect existing safety barriers.  But as always, we urge motorists to drive safely with care and consideration for the road conditions."

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