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County Councillor Mark Deaville. Photo credit: Times Echo & Life

Communities to have their say on speed limit reductions at Staffordshire village

People are invited to have their say on proposals to reduce the speed limits as part of a highways scheme to improve road safety at Freehay crossroads near Cheadle.

Proposals include reducing the speed limits from 60MPH to 30MPH on all four approaches, with a 40MPH buffer zone on Hollington Road. People can have their say on the proposals at https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Highways/TRO/Staffordshire-moorlands/staffordshiremoorlands.aspx

County Councillor Mark Deaville explained that improving road safety at the crossroads had been a top priority for him for many years. Mark said:

“I’ve been listening carefully to local residents concerns about safety at the crossroads and working closely with our highways team and the Police to find a way of making the area safer. I believe that our proposals to reduce the speed limits at the crossroads will help improve safety and I would urge people to have their say.”

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Staffordshire County Council added:

“Keeping our roads safe remains one of our top priorities and Staffordshire roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country.

“We do listen to residents when they have concerns about road safety in their area and we will take action when required.”

A second phase to the scheme could also see a change to the traffic priority at the crossroads meaning that traffic travelling on School Lane and Counslow Road would have priority and traffic on Hollington Road and Rakeway Road would have to give way.

Works will include resurfacing work, kerb re-alignment, new signs and road markings. The removal of a hedge which will help improve visibility for drivers is also being planned.

People have until 29 May to have their say on the reduction in speed limits.