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“Changing the priority is just going to end up killing someone”

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“Changing the priority is just going to end up killing someone”

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Residents and community leaders have been airing concerns about plans to change priority at a well-used crossroads in the Moorlands.

Residents and community leaders have been airing concerns about plans to change priority at a well-used crossroads in the Moorlands.

Last week, we reported that Staffordshire County Council had approved a £42.7 million package of highways improvements and transport schemes for across the county for the 2020/21 financial year.

These included a £150,000 scheme for Freehay crossroads. In a report by the authority, it stated: “Part one of the scheme includes the implementation of a speed limit reduction on each approach.

Part two of the proposed safety improvements will consider widening the junction alongside the changing of priorities. This will give vehicles travelling from School Lane to Counslow Road and vice versa priority.”

Although the announcement of investment for the crossroads has been welcomed, residents and community leaders have spoke out about concerns over the plans.

Cheadle town councillor Richard Alcock, who has been campaigning for improvements at Freehay crossroads for a number of years, told the Times & Echo: “I welcome the investment but I am dubious about if it’s going to work or not.

“Whether it will fix it – I don’t know.

“I think people who have used the crossroads for years will forget that there has been a change of priority.

“I think the solution is to put up great big signs for drivers to be told of the speed limit there.”

Cllr Alcock added: “My concern is what has been the cost of the temporary lights they have had up there?

“They promised improvements there two years ago. They could have done this two years ago and not spent how ever much money on the temporary lights. I would like to know how much they have cost.”

Fellow town councillor Jamie Evans said he thought that the county council’s plans for Freehay crossroads were a “terrible decision”. He added: “Traffic lights have been installed and there has been no fatalities. Take them away and what’s going to happen?

I do think that this is a poor decision here by Staffs County Council.”

Times & Echo reader Ann Webb commented on the plans for Freehay crossroads on our Facebook page. She said: ‘I use this crossroads a lot. A couple of weeks ago a woman came flying through a red light and nearly wiped my car out as I was crossing.

The problem as I see it is the speed of the traffic in the Hollington/Cheadle direction – especially when JCB traffic comes through.

Visibility for traffic crossing over isn’t sufficient and sometimes you are part way across and a car comes flying down the hill, so it’s a bit unfair to blame crossing traffic for all the accidents.

A proper roundabout would make sure everyone slowed down.

Changing the priority is just going to end up killing someone.”

See more comments about the plans for Freehay crossroads in our Talking Point section of this week’s newspaper. If you are unable to get out to purchase a paper, you can subscribe to read the full paper online at

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  • The road needs new red tarmac, speed bumps or rumble lines and proper signage. I live just down the road, and have sat and sat at those traffic lights, with no other traffic around.. they're a waste of money! Sort the road lines and signs. Use solar powered illuminated signs. And definitely put rumble lines on the road, for a good 300 yards before the junction, especially on the long stretch of road approaching it.
    Written by Fee, April 30, 2020 - Reply

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