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New signs and road marking promise for the accident hotspot B5032 at Threapwood

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

New signs and road marking promise for the accident hotspot B5032 at Threapwood
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PLANS to make an accident hotspot safer are underway.

Staffordshire County councillor Mark Deaville has identified the B5032 in Threapwood as a priority for installing more road safety measures.

It comes after residents in Threapwood met with Mr Deaville last September to discuss speeding issues along the B5032, and to ask for traffic calming measures after a number of road traffic collisions along the well-used highway, which joins Cheadle and Alton.

Mr Deaville said: "I have had numerous meetings with highways officers regarding the B5032 road as an accident hotspot.

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"There's not a lot we can do with the actual road, as it's not the road that's causing people to speed and have accidents.

"But we need to make it clearer to drivers that it is not safe to drive at ridiculous speeds or overtake inappropriately.

"I have met with residents and we had a good meeting and they are obviously very concerned.

"I want to take this project forward by getting more signs there to create greater awareness to drivers and more road markings, which would help alleviate some of the worries residents have."

Stan Eyre, of Sandy Lane, Threapwood, instigated the meeting with Mr Deaville.

He said: "There was another accident three weeks ago on the road.

"And I came out the other day and a vehicle had broken my wing mirror off.

"People are afraid to walk along the road.

"There are a lot of elderly people in the area, but there is no bus service and very few street lights.

"I don't think people in the towns would put up with this.

"These roads have not been swept all winter.

"I do think we get forgotten a bit in the country; it's frustrating. It's good news that things are starting to move forward with this.

"The Highway Man is being developed into house and is looking very nice now, people have already moved in and it's very smart, but this road needs to be improved.

Fred Warburton, of Alton Road, Threapwood, added: "Anything will help to slow these drivers down.

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"Only the other day Stan and me were going out and he came to pick me up and parked on the other side road.

"It was at a time when JCB people were going to work and they were peeping their horns and shouting at him.

"There are times when they are going to work and coming back along this road like they can't get there quick enough; it's just one big stream of traffic at times.

"At the meeting we were talking about it and as we were talking a car came past at 70mph and overtook someone on the crossroads. It's bad on all the roads from Alton to Cheadle – it's the speed they go at. I'm pleased that Mr Deaville is continuing with this and doing something."

Mr Deaville has also pledged to have new signs and road markings installed in Ashbourne Road in Cheadle and at the town's entrances.

A survey and site assessment has also been carried out in Leek Road by the Road Safety Partnership Board, with plans for mobile speed cameras to be operational.

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