A busy crossroads in the Moorlands is set to have permanent traffic lights installed by the end of the year. There has been on-going concern about the safety of Freehay Crossroads in Cheadle with many campaigning for improved road safety measures to be put in place.
A busy crossroads in the Moorlands is set to have permanent traffic lights installed by the end of the year.
There has been on-going concern about the safety of Freehay Crossroads in Cheadle with many campaigning for improved road safety measures to be put in place.
Temporary traffic lights were installed at the junction by Staffordshire County Council in July 2018 following concerns from local residents about road safety. Additionally, in 2019, the speed limit on each approach to the junction was also reduced to 30mph.
A spokesman for the county council said: “Since the installation of the lights, there have been no personal injury collisions recorded at the location.
“Alongside the temporary measures, a longer term scheme is being designed. This could see the installation of permanent traffic lights that could be in place this year.”
Last April, the Times & Echo reported that the 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 published last year by the authority about the works at Freehay Crossroads, 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.”
However, the council has now, this week, confirmed that they are no longer considering changing the priority of the traffic but instead, looking more towards putting in permanent traffic lights at the crossroads.
Councillor David Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Staffordshire County Council said this week: “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 listen to concerns from residents about road safety and we will take action when required.
“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 and reduced the number of collisions.”
County Councillor Mark Deaville said it was also “great news that the temporary lights were helping keep the area safer.”
He said: “Improving road safety at Freehay Crossroads has been a major priority of mine for a number of years now. The safety of people in my area is of paramount importance – nothing is more important.
“I know the area and these crossroads very well and, prior to the temporary lights being installed I have witnessed some incredibly careless and dangerous driving here, there were collisions on a regular basis.
“I am tremendously relieved that the reduced speed limit and the temporary traffic lights have made a massive and positive difference.”
Cllr Deaville added: “I would like to thank everyone for their efforts in keeping our roads and Freehay Crossroads safe.
“I also thank local motorists and residents for their patience whilst the temporary lights have been in place.
“I now look forward to seeing permanent lights at this location and I continue to work with our highways team, Staffordshire Police and other partners to make this happen.”
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