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Calls to cut speeding on ‘horrendous’ road

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 04, 2013

The road between Cheadle and Alton

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FURTHER calls have been made to put speed restrictions along a countryside road after another road traffic collision.

There was an incident involving two cars and a tractor along the B5032 in Threapwood, near Cheadle, on Thursday.

Although no one incurred any serious injuries, all three vehicles sustained heavy damage causing the road to be blocked for around four and a half hours to allow recovery of the vehicles.

This incident happened just under three weeks after a 23-year-old man was left severely trapped when his black Seat Ibiza left the road and collided with a tree along the same road in the early hours of Sunday, August 11.

Pensioner Stan Eyre, of Sandy Lane, Threapwood, who saw the aftermath of that incident, has since told the Post & Times: "I've been going on about this (road) for years but still nothing has been done to improve safety on this road.

"It's the only straight piece of road between Cheadle and Alton and drivers come down into the village very fast on it.

"I'd like a meeting with a county councillor and road officer for the area to try and get something done; people are getting very annoyed about this around here, it's horrendous."

Thursday's incident, which happened at around 8am, involved a tractor, a blue Peugeot and a black Ford Focus.

A 21-year-old male driver of the tractor sustained neck and back injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being conveyed to the University Hospital of North Staffs with non-serious injuries.

PC Dave Stubbs, who is investigating Thursday's collision, is appealing for witnesses to come forward. He said: "This was a serious collision and it is extremely fortunate that no serious injuries were sustained. I am appealing for any witnesses to come forward who may be able to assist in my investigation.

"I would also like to thank other motorists for their patience and understanding with the road being closed for such a long time."

Witnesses to last Thursday's incident should contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 116 of August 29.

Another resident of Threapwood, who wished not to be named, has spoken of his concerns after this latest incident. He said: "

"The cars that were involved in Thursday's incident were obviously written off - I am so surprised that no one got seriously hurt.

"This road is horrendous. The traffic goes up and down so fast. It is always dicey for us to come out of our driveways.

"The council tell me that it's all about statistics and that they have no money to put up any signs.

"It's about time that the council took a serious look at this road and put some sort of speed restriction in.

"Is it going to be down to someone being killed before anything is done?"

Staffordshire County Councillor Simon Tagg, Cabinet Support Member for Transport and Connected County, said: "While we are not in a position to comment on the circumstances of the recent incident, the County Council takes road safety very seriously.

"All reported injury incidents are continually reviewed by a dedicated team to identify those sites and routes where actions can be taken to reduce the number of people hurt on our roads.

"This approach has resulted in Staffordshire's roads being among some of the safest in the country.

"This road has not been identified as having a poor safety record, however, we will continue to monitor the situation.

"Anyone with concerns about our roads should contact the Council's Highways Team on 0300 111 8000 or on our website at www.staffordshire.gov.uk"

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