CONGESTION at a busy road junction connecting Forsbrook and Blythe Bridge will get worse if something is not done to improve the situation - according to recent data.
Chairman of Forsbrook Parish Council councillor Gill Burton briefed members during a meeting of the council on the discussions that took place with during a site meeting in the village with herself, County councillor Bill Day, Staffordshire County Council officers Chris Mitchell and Rob Steele, and parish clerk Christine Snape.
She said that the meeting had purposely been scheduled for 8.30am so that the full extent of the traffic congestion at busy commuter time could be witnessed and evaluated.
Data also suggested that if no measures were put into place congestion at Uttoxeter Road/Stallington Road/Cheadle Road junction would only get worse.
Improvements to the junction were included in the County Council Local Transport Plan with an estimated budget of £100,000 over 10 years ago. It was then decided to include any improvements in the Safer Routes to School Scheme introduced in 2007, but Forsbrook Parish Council did not benefit in any way from the schemes introduced in the Safer Routes to School programme.
Here are the issued raised during the site meeting:-
Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge – yellow box to help keep traffic from Stallington Road and Cheadle Road moving.
Staffordshire County Council Officers explained that there is insufficient room as there are only one and half car spaces on Uttoxeter Road when you exit from Cheadle Road or Stallington Road before you reach the signal controlled crossing.
Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge – mini roundabout.
Draft plans produced by Staffordshire County Council Officer Neil Porter for a mini roundabout, which members of Council had sight of and agreed was a viable option, were passed to Chris Mitchell and Rob Steele but the response was that this was the most expensive scheme and at the moment funds could not be justified.
Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge – Parking Bays.
It was agreed to remove the parking bays adjacent to The William Amory Primary School and to extend the zigzag lines from the Fish and Chip Shop to Green Lane to prohibit parking. Vehicles will still be able to park in front of the shops.
Cheadle Road, Blythe Bridge.
During discussions it came to light that the County Council has agreed to a request from the High School to install a pedestrian crossing adjacent to the main High School entrance.
The meeting concluded with Highway Officers promising to go away and again look at schemes to improve safety and congestion.