The installation of permanent traffic lights on a busy crossroads in the Moorlands is finally taking place. The highways improvements at Freehay Crossroads, near Cheadle, which are being carried out by Staffordshire County Council, will finally see the installation of permanent four-way traffic lights, carriageway resurfacing and improved signs.
The installation of permanent traffic lights on a busy crossroads in the Moorlands is finally taking place.
The highways improvements at Freehay Crossroads, near Cheadle, which are being carried out by Staffordshire County Council, will finally see the installation of permanent four-way traffic lights, carriageway resurfacing and improved signs.
Temporary traffic lights were installed at the junction by the 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.
Work on installing the permanent lights, which began on Monday (October 4), is expected to take around four to five weeks to complete.
A council spokesman stated that a diversion will be in place for three nights whilst the resurfacing takes place; and that currently the resurfacing is expected to be carried out during the week commencing October 25.
Councillor David Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways 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 listen to residents when they have concerns about road safety in their area and it’s great news that work on a permanent scheme is underway.
“Crews will be doing their upmost to keep any disruption to a minimum during the work and I would like to thank drivers in advance for their co-operation.”
County Councillor Mark Deaville also said it was great news that work on the safety scheme had started.
Mark said: “Improving road safety at Freehay Crossroads has been a major priority of mine for a number of years now and I’m delighted to see work underway.
“I know these crossroads very well and prior to the temporary lights being installed, I have witnessed some incredibly careless and dangerous driving here, with collisions on a regular basis.
“The improvements here along with the reduced speed limits we introduced back in 2019 I’m sure will all help make a real difference to road safety in the area.”
Councillor Richard Alcock, who has been campaigning for a number of years for improved traffic calming measures at Freehay crossroads, said of the works being carried out: “It’s about time.
“I just hope that drivers will take notice and it will solve the problem.
“It’s been at least a couple of years with temporary traffic lights, could be more.
“Yes I am thankful that the county council are finally doing it and I just hope that drivers take notice.”
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