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Neighbour to danger road supports speed action

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 02, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

B5030 crash

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A NEIGHBOUR to an accident-plagued road near Uttoxeter has said speed is the main factor in the ongoing troubles.

The Advertiser reported last week that calls are being made for changes to the B5030 Uttoxeter to Rocester road after another 12 months of accidents and fatalities on the notorious stretch.

David Robb, of Crakemarsh, neighbours the road and has suggested the problem of speed on the route needs to be tackled by the authorities, suggesting one slower speed limit over the whole stretch rather than the current mix from 40mph to 60mph.

He told the Advertiser: “You just need to sit in our garden and listen to the motorbikes and cars racing up and down and when mix in the increased traffic flow at certain times of the day and night with regard to JCB and Alton Towers the problem is clear. Speed is always a major contributor to accidents.

“Secondly, the road from Uttoxeter is illuminated from Uttoxeter to the first turn off to Crakemarsh but then when the road is at its fastest it is not lit until you reach the JCB junction.

“The bends are also attractive to motorbike speeding so perhaps something could be done in regard to this as quite a few are what you can consider blind.

“One thing that could make significant improvements almost immediately is the introduction of double white lines from the first junction to Crakemarsh to the junction with JCB and Rocester.

“Also a consideration for the implementation of speed awareness signs similar to the ones that we see regularly on Highwood Road in Uttoxeter could be useful.”

Mayfield resident Jeffrey Davenport also made suggestions to improve the roads, he said: “For what is essentially a straight road, with few sight hazards, there are an extraordinary number of incidents.

“I suggest a double roundabout at the JCB/Rocester junctions for people to pull out safely onto. I would also suggest a double white centre line combined with a 40 limit from the JCB/Rocester junction to somehwere near, but not all the way, to the Combridge turn.”

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