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Probe to be launched into Uttoxeter A50 plan’s diversions

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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A50 project bosses will launch a traffic impact assessment amid fears of traffic chaos Uttoxeter’s housing estates and surrounding villages.

As previously reported, Staffordshire County Council is delivering an overhaul of the A50 in Uttoxeter.

The McDonalds and Derby Road roundabouts will be removed and a new junction to service a forthcoming 700-home development west of town will be installed.

This will ease congestion on the A50 as JCB plans to build new factories as part of its expansion plans.

However, many of the 1,000 motorists responding to the council’s public consultation have raised fears traffic running through Uttoxeter will be diverted through housing estates and villages.

Ray Burge said: “Blocking the Ashbourne Road junction and the Derby Road junction forces 16,000 constituents and all the local haulage to drive down minor roads around the clock.

“These roads are not wide enough and the pavements are very narrow.

“Residential roads becoming the main routes in and out of our town cannot be right.”

Kate Lichfield-Lloyd said: “As for the increased heavy traffic that will be diverted down New Road, I worry about my children walking to school or into town.”

Trish Hebda said: “While the road is shut for this upgrade, I understand traffic will divert past Marchington Industrial Estate, through Birch Cross and down Highwood Road.

“The heavy goods that already use that road struggle, so God help us when the number increases.

“Having come down Highwood, they then have to join the traffic coming from Stafford.”

County infrastructure boss Mark Winnington said: “We are looking at the consultation responses detail and they will help shape the final proposals for the first project before we submit the planning application next month.

“After listening to residents and businesses, the county council has already agreed some amendments including the retention of Parks restaurant, improvements to cycle and foot paths and a detailed traffic impact assessment in the area.

“In the long-term, the project will support the creation of jobs, cut congestion and make the A50 safer, so it’s important we all work together to reap the maximum benefits.”

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