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Cost of temporary traffic lights confirmed

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More than £38,000 has been spent on temporary traffic lights at a busy road junction in the Moorlands, while work has been carried out on deciphering what permanent road improvements are to be put in place. Temporary traffic lights were put in place at Freehay Crossroads, near Cheadle, in July 2018, after health and safety concerns were raised following a number of road traffic collisions at the junctions.

More than £38,000 has been spent on temporary traffic lights at a busy road junction in the Moorlands, while work has been carried out on deciphering what permanent road improvements are to be put in place.

Temporary traffic lights were put in place at Freehay Crossroads, near Cheadle, in July 2018, after health and safety concerns were raised following a number of road traffic collisions at the junctions.

Staffordshire County Council has recently announced that it is set to, within the next financial year,

to put in place permanent traffic lights as part of the road improvement plan for the area.

A total of £225,000 has been budgeted and earmarked for the Freehay project.

The Times & Echo further contacted the local authority to ask how much had been spent on the Freehay crossroads temporary traffic lights since the start of the road improvement project.

The council confirmed that from July 2018 until March 2021 the county highways department had spent approximately £38,400 on the temporary traffic lights at Freehay.

James Bailey, Assistant Director for Highways and the Built County at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Keeping our roads safe remains a priority for the county council and our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country.

We do have plans for a permanent safety scheme at the crossroads which we hope to be able to deliver this financial year. Once this is in place, the temporary lights will be removed.”

He added: It’s important that we do get a permanent scheme in place here, but it’s encouraging to see that the temporary lights have improved safety in the meantime with no personal injury collisions being recorded since their installation.”

The county council had last year approved to spend £150,000 during the 2020/21 financial year on the road improvement scheme at Freehay crossroads.

However, the project did not go ahead as planned.

A spokesman for the council confirmed that £150,000 was in the programme for the 2020/21 financial year for the improvements at Freehay Crossroads.

They added: “Around £25,000 of this has been spent on producing the designs and the temporary traffic lights at the junction.
“Improvement works at the junction have also been identified for the financial year 2021/22 with  £225,000 being allocated for the work. Crews hope to be able to complete the work within the year.”

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  • Not too sure that traffic lights are the answer,i think ive read people are jumping the lights anyway, speed bumps and a good roundabout to me seems a better idea because some people just can't be bothered to wait a few minutes
    Written by Little john, April 1, 2021 - Reply
  • Yes, I agree, speed bumps or a roundabout would be better. We regularly use this junction & the lights are often all stuck on red, so drivers have to chance crawling through or, like today, a car drove straight through on red, assumed the lights were stuck again, when actually they were working. I'm amazed there haven't been more collisions here.
    Written by Linda, April 1, 2021 - Reply
  • Went through these lights this morning from Mobberley to go to the quarry. Sat and waited at the lights , I got my green light started off only to stamp on my brakes as a white vw caddy van decided he wasn't going to wait for the lights and would have hit me if I hadn't been on the ball . Still always look both ways at them due to idiots like this ..
    Written by Bob Eyre, April 1, 2021 - Reply
  • There’s not room for a roundabout
    Written by Paul Amison, April 1, 2021 - Reply
  • I can hardly believe that Freeway traffic lights have been their since 2018. Why such a decision has taken so much time to have permanent traffic lights in place is beyond reasoning. Approaching the crossroads I have seen cars etc getting bored waiting, and just going through regardless. Many areas have the tall bollards in place, and are very effective. Any vehicle has to slow down and check the traffic. And once in place the bollards are cheaper to maintain.
    Written by Janita Plant, April 2, 2021 - Reply

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