15:00 Monday 06 January 2014

'A50 plan will not ease traffic woes'

Written byJENNY MOODY

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RESIDENTS living near to a proposed site for 700 houses have been left ‘disappointed’ after finding the A50 development does not ‘address the problem’.

Jason Ainsworth, representing fellow residents of Tunnicliffe Way, spoke out after plans were revealed to redevelop the A50 which councillors said could improve traffic flow to the St Modwen site if it is given the go-ahead.

Geoff Morrison, who represents Uttoxeter on Staffordshire County Council, has revealed a £40 million project to help traffic flow on the A50 in Uttoxeter would mean people living on the proposed St Modwen development, on land to the west of the town, will not have to drive through the current estate.

However, after looking into the plans, Mr Ainsworth told The Advertiser he fears this may not be the case as it will only slow down the traffic but not impact on the volume of vehicles.

He said: “I am disappointed the residents original concerns have not been addressed in response to the entrance to the estate by The Parks, which is inadequate, and if by widening it slightly from five-and-a-half metres to seven-and-a-half metres it is deemed adequate I am disappointed.

“The residents concerns were always over the increased traffic going past the end of Tunnicliffe Way, either coming from the estate or to the estate. Just by widening the entrance it does not address the problem as it needs to be linked to the A50.

“Making Tunnicliffe Way a priority junction is not going to address the root cause of our problem which is the increase in traffic.

“This will just slow it down. I would urge residents to log their concerns as requested by East Staffordshire Borough Council on its website by January 10.”

The A50 plans have already received the ‘unconditional backing’ of the Highways Agency.

Councillor Morrison said: “The whole scheme has not been published yet. The situation will be better but I do not know the full extent with the traffic.

“It will take traffic away from the whole danger area and that will be a major benefit of it.”

The St Modwen plans comprise of up to 700 homes, an area which will incorporate 10 hectares of employment space, a new first school, sports and recreational facilities, a small retail centre and open green space between the A50 and Bramshall Road.

An application has been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning department.

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