Cabinet to discuss future of deadly Leek Road
A ROAD safety project designed to protect motorists driving along a stretch of highway plagued with collisions has been put forward for approval.
The plans to improve safety along the A522/A52 near Cheadle form part the 2017/18 Highways and Transport Capital programme, a scheme which is set to be rubber stamped by the County Council’s Cabinet when it meets on Wednesday 19th July.
The introduction of reduced speed limits along the A522/A52 between Cheadle and Werrington – including Leek Road – has been put forward in response to calls from community and local councillors following a string of serious accidents in the area, several resulting in fatalities.
This is one of a handful proposals put forward and if approved the programme will result in more than £35m invested to help maintain the county’s 6,000km of roads and 4,500km of footpaths, improve road safety and give families better access to cycle routes and train stations.
Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial, said: “Good roads are important for the council, for communities and for businesses, not just for getting from A to B safely, but for supporting economic growth and better access to jobs, education and learning.
“This year’s investment will help us keep on top of road maintenance, improve road safety in local communities by introducing speed limits, better signs and installation of pedestrian crossings, as well as promoting greener travel with more cycle routes to not only help people get to get to where they want to go, but do so in a way that is good for their health and good for the environment.
“Maintaining a road network the size of Staffordshire’s is always going to be a challenge and investing an extra £5m to tackle the historic backlog of lower risk potholes will help us get on the front foot and allow us to focus on getting the best from our roads for the budget available.”
The funding comes from a range of sources including the county council, national grants, Growth Deal schemes and developer money.
The 2017/18 Highways and Transport Capital programme for 2017/18 is recommended for approval by the county council’s Cabinet when it meets on Wednesday 19th July.
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