Fordham Road horsewalk widening not on agenda

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No plan to widen the Fordham Road horsewalk to improve horses’ safety is currently on the table.

And William Gittus, managing director of The Jockey Club Estates and chairman of the Newmarket Horsemen’s Group, said that a much rumoured solution of diverting horses around the rear of the training yards in the area is also a pipe dream until a realistic route can be identified.

Mr Gittus said a widening of the Fordham Road walk was never a “live proposal”, but said that ways of improving horse safety on the road were always being looked at. The horsewalk is currently considered too narrow.

Mr Gittus said: “Everyone seems to say the horses can go around the back of the yards, but where? You have to take into account the fact that it is private property and the bio-security measures. If it was that simple it would have been done by now.”

At Newmarket Town Council’s Community Services Committee meeting on Monday night, Mr Gittus answered questions on the new horsewalk in Snailwell Road. Some residents had said that the road had been made more dangerous by the changes, particularly if big HGVs passed side-by-side.

But committee chairman Cllr Warwick Hirst said he believed the overall impact improved the safety of both pedestrians and horses.