AN investigation is under way after cyclists have been continually spotted racing on a notorious Rocester road which has claimed the lives of at least five people in the last decade.
A resident, who asked not to be named, contacted the Post and Times after seeing cycle races every Saturday on the B5030, known to be an accident blackspot for motorists.
She said she has been battling to get something done about the problem since the end of August, saying it is dangerous to both motorists and the cyclists.
The B5030 has been the site of numerous accidents over the years, 23-year-old Stephen Hallam, of Mayfield, was the most recent person to lose his life after getting stuck in flood water in November last year.
The motorist said: “There continues to be cycle races held on the B5030 every Saturday.
“This is causing a danger to the public as these are cycle races and the appropriate measures are not being taken to protect the users of the highways.
“The police/council/highways have all been contacted yet the cycle races continue despite any of the above being able to tell me they have authorised these, although they have confirmed that they do need to authorise them.
“When I was travelling along this road following some of the racing bikes, people at the side of the road were passing drinks to the cyclists and they were then throwing the water containers behind them onto my car.”
Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for transport and connected county, has revealed it is something the council and police have been made aware of.
He said: “We are aware of an enquiry regarding cycling on the B5030 and are working closely with Staffordshire Police to investigate the matter.
“The safety of all users of our highways is our number one priority and cyclists are one of many types of user entitled to use the roads.
“Every user has a responsibility to ensure their own safety and to ensure that they do not endanger others.
“Whilst the Highway Authority and police do not authorise organised Cycling Time Trials, the organisers are required to meet the requirements of the National CTT Governing Body.”