Concerns expressed about crossroads traffic priority change

COMMUNITY leaders and local residents have been expressing concerns about plans to change priority at a busy crossroads in the rural Staffordshire Moorlands. Staffordshire County Council has approved a £42.7 million package of highways improvements and transport schemes for across the county for the 2020/21 financial year. These include a £150,000 scheme for Freehay crossroads - an accident blackspot - on the outskirts of Cheadle. A report by the authority states: “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.” Although investment in the crossroads has been welcomed, residents and community leaders have spoken out about concerns over the plans. Cheadle town councillor Richard Alcock, who has been campaigning for improvements at Freehay crossroads for a number of years, said: “I welcome the investment but I am dubious about if it’s going to work or not. “I think people who have used the crossroads for years will forget that there has been a change of priority. “I think the solution is to put up great big signs for drivers to be told of the speed limit there,” he added.


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