MOTORISTS have been ignoring new one-way restrictions at a blind junction, causing police to waste time turning people around.
The new county council measures put in place at the junction of Balance Street and Market Street are a one-way system, to improve the safety of the blind corner and make traffic flow better at busy times.
Mandy Hales, PCSO for Uttoxeter said: “I could stand on the corner all day asking people to turn round.
“Many motorists are ignoring the restrictions put in place and trying to sneak up the one-way road in the wrong direction, thinking they can get away with it.
“It’s wasting police time when there are other things we could be tackling in town.
“So I would request that motorists take note of the road signs in the future, it’s well-marked so there shouldn’t be any problems.
“It’s dangerous as it’s a blind bend, which is why the system was brought into place.”
Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for transport and the connected county, said: “Our main priority is to make the roads as safe as possible and after working closely with the borough council and businesses it was agreed to operate a one-way system on parts of the narrow Queen Street and Market Street.
“While it can take a little time for drivers to get used to a new road system, the one-way operation is clearly sign posted and we would remind people to ensure they are following the directions carefully.
“If motorists do ignore the signs they may not only face action by the police, but are potentially putting the safety of themselves and other members of the public at risk.”
The recent restrictions put in place are to make the town centre safer for pedestrians.
The improvements, which include a one-way system on Queen Street, Market Street and Balance Street, with loading bays for vehicles making deliveries, are part of a new traffic management scheme for the town.
Uttoxeter’s county councillor, Geoff Morrison said: “In terms of on-street parking, people will always try and park wherever they can to avoid paying so the only sensible approach is to ensure they can park safely.
“Although we have wonderful carparks that have been given awards, those choosing to park on the road need to be protected.
“The roundabout at the three-street junction has made a big impact on traffic flow in that area of town.
“There used to be huge queues there every day, particularly in rush hour, and that’s now a thing of the past.
“A lot of our motivation is to make the town safe for children and pedestrians.
“All we’re asking is for people to turn left rather than right coming on to Queen’s Street.
“Turning left, you get a good view down the street but, turning right, it’s a different matter altogether.
“If children get away from their parents and run across the road at the entrance to the Old Swan, those turning right would be blind to that.
“The new system is designed to make it safe.”