A CALL has been made for major road improvement work at a notorious accident blackspot near Cheadle.
The elderly driver of a car was taken to hospital after suffering injuries in a collision at Freehay crossroads on Monday afternoon.
The accident, involving a van and a car, was the latest in a string of incidents at the junction over a number of years.
And it prompted town councillor Richard Alcock, who has demanded improvements in the area for more than a decade, to call for the installation of traffic lights.
He said: “Monday’s accident was the 28th at that junction that I can personally remember and I’m sure there have been many more.
“It’s been a massive problem for many years and it will only get worse now Alton Towers has opened again.
“There are signs warning drivers to slow down and the county council has put up flashing warning signals, but it has just not stopped the number of accidents.
“One of the signs is right on the junction in Church Lane, but people simply can’t see it until they’re pulling out.
“People are either unaware of the danger at the crossroads or seem to be ignoring it and it’s a nightmare – I’m scared of going along that road myself now because it’s so dangerous.
“It’s about time something was done and we sorted it out once and for all.
“The only way to make it safer as far as I can see would be to put up four-way traffic lights to force drivers to stop.”
The injured man, aged 80, was driving a car that was in collision with a van at the crossroads at about 3.35pm on Monday.
He was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital after complaining of chest pain, but no one else was injured.
Staffordshire County Councillor Mark Deaville this week revealed work on a scheme to improve safety at the junction would begin in the summer.
He said: “Road safety continues to be my number one priority and I fully understand the concerns that local people have about the crossroads.
“Freehay crossroads is an issue I’ve been working hard on in conjunction with police for a number of years now and we have already made a number of improvements in the area.
“These include refreshing the white lines and road markings and cutting back hedges to improve driver visibility at the junction. “People will also be aware that there are ample signs at the location and I am hugely concerned that many drivers still cross over the stop signs.
“I am delighted to say that later in the summer, highways teams will be carrying out detailed design work on a scheme that will improve safety at the junction.
“We would then hope to be able to do the work in the same financial year.”
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