HIGHWAYS chiefs have come under fire after a villager revealed there had been seven traffic accidents in as many weeks near his home.
David Davis, of Wood Lane Cottage, on Marchington Cliff, told the Advertiser police had to attend ‘at least four’ of the accidents on or near the s-bend on the cliff’s steep incline.
He said ‘several residents’ had complained to the police and Staffordshire County Council but have seen little done to combat the problem.
County highways chiefs have responded by defending their safety record and launching an investigation into the apparent accident blackspot.
He said: “Part of the problem is that the drainage ditch on the cliff has not been cleared for ages and water runs down the hill making it dangerous.
“This accident rate is far too dangerous for any road in Staffordshire.
“These accidents happened when the weather was fine, so what could happen when the road becomes icy?
“A contributing factor may have been excessive speed when travelling on this road.
“Will it take a fatality to ensure that something is done to help?
“I hope that notifying the Uttoxeter Advertiser will bring this problem to wider attention.”
Staffordshire Police representative told the Advertiser they could not give any details about any of the crashes without ‘more information’ and the exact date and time they occurred.
Cabinet transport boss Simon Tagg said: “Staffordshire has some of the safest roads in the country and that is a record that we have worked hard to achieve and that we are rightly proud of.
“We are aware of concerns from a local resident about the number of accidents on the road, and our highways officers will carry out an investigation to identify if any action is required.”
Another motorist, who asked not to be named, said: “My husband and I were travelling down the cliff at night when a white van started driving behind us with its main beam on. blinding my husband behind the wheel.
“Then they started driving really aggressively and overtook us quite dangerously right on the corner at the bottom of the cliff.
“I think motorists need to watch their speed and the way they drive.