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Forum launched to tackle road issues after two crashes along A522 Leek Road in one week

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: July 25, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

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A FORUM to tackle highways and road safety issues has been launched as two more collisions have occurred on an accident "hotspot" in just over one week.

Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County councillor for Cheadle and Checkley and cabinet support member for transport and Connected County, has launched the Cheadle Highways Forum with Cheadle Town Council and Checkley Parish Council.

The group aims to address road safety, highways and traffic flows issues after there have been dozens of road traffic collisions in the area.

One of the main issues is the A522 Leek Road where there have been numerous collisions in recent years, some fatal, with two in just over one week.

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At 7.25am on Saturday, July 19, emergency services were called to reports of a single vehicle collision on Leek Road between JCB and Kingsley Holt where a vehicle has spun off the road and hit a tree.

Two occupants in the vehicle were trapped and had to be cut free from the vehicle by Staffordshire fire and rescue.

The 43-year-old male driver was taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire with head injuries.

PC Richardson from Cheadle Police is the investigating officer.

Any witnesses please call 101 quote VDU 225 of 19/07/2014.

On Saturday, July 12, a fail to stop road traffic collision occurred on Leek Road, Cheadle, involving a Ford Transit van and a green Ford Focus.

Police are looking to trace the green Ford Focus and driver, which hit the van and failed to stop.

The registration number is YR51 EBX any witnesses call 101 quote VDU 557 of 12/7/14.

Mr Deaville said: "Leek Road concerns me immensely and it is one of the five hotspot areas we are looking at including Uttoxeter Road, Draycott; Ashbourne Road, Cheadle; Threapwood, Alton; and Hollington Road, Tean.

"Speed is a major factor, not in all cases where there have been collisions, but in the majority.

"This is about looking at road safety and coming up with short, medium and long term improvements.

"The best way to look at solving issues is to talk around a table with the right people who can make a difference.

"We want the right people involved who can arrange for things to change for the better and I really want this to be a task and finish working group.

"We will be looking specifically at road safety issues within Cheadle and Checkley, but we'll also look at issues with traffic flow into and around Cheadle.

"It is more than obvious there is an increase in traffic from quarries, Alton Towers and JCB, which is good as it shows business is getting busier and there are more jobs. But we've got to find ways of making Cheadle more accessible and traffic flow better."

Deputy Cheadle town mayor councillor Neil Plant leads the towns Community Speedwatch scheme.

He said: "There is obviously a problem with Leek Road otherwise we wouldn't keep having all these accidents, which seem to happen in the same places, either by Kingsley Moor or by JCB.

"The problem is when you come past Kingsley Moor there are double bends, then the road straightens out, then there are more double bends coming up to JCB, also the road is obscured by hedgerows so visibility is reduced.

"The speed limit should be the same all the way along Leek Road because it's 30 mph coming out of Cheadle, then goes to 40 mph towards JCB, then jumps to 60 mph.

"If you go across there any time of day you see someone speeding. We have got four volunteers on our speedwatch and we continue to monitor the situation, but if anyone can join us and help we can get out more often."

Pc Dave Stubbs, of Cheadle Local Policing Team, said: "I am very pleased that safety of our roads is being taken seriously by Cheadle Town Council and this is being supported by Councillor Mark Deaville from Staffordshire County Council. 

"I think that the setting up of the Cheadle Highways Forum is a positive one and can only help promote and improve road safety in Staffordshire Moorlands.

"We are doing a lot off work around Cheadle with regards to road Safety such as working with our Tactical Roads Policing Team and colleagues from VOSA to ensure vehicles are in a roadworthy condition and also in tackling the issues of speeding in the area.

"One area we are concentrating on as a priority is Leek Road, Cheadle, which is a current collision hotspot within Cheadle and where we also have persistent complaints with regards to speeding motorists. 

"I look forward to working with the Cheadle Highways Forum in an effort to address community concerns around road safety."

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