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Road safety forum launched for Alton

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

By Joanna Craig

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A ROAD safety forum has been launched to tackle two 'accident hotspots' – the villages of Tean and Alton.

Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County councillor for Checkley and cabinet support member for transport and connected county, has launched a Highways Forum with Checkley Parish Council.

The group aims to address road safety, highways and traffic flow issues after experiencing dozens of road traffic collisions in the area.

Mr Deaville said: "Two out of the five hotspot areas we are looking at include Alton and Hollington Road, Tean.

"Speed is a major factor, not in all cases where there have been collisions, but in the majority.

"This is about looking at road safety and coming up with short, medium and long term improvements.

"The best way to look at solving issues is to talk around a table with the right people who can make a difference.

"We want the right people involved who can arrange for things to change for the better and I really want this to be a task and finish working group.

"We will be looking specifically at road safety issues and traffic flow.

"It is more than obvious there is an increase in traffic from quarries, Alton Towers and JCB, which is good as it shows business is getting busier and there are more jobs. But we've got to find ways of making traffic flow better."

The news comes after two people were trapped inside a vehicle earlier this month following a car crash.

The crash happened at 7.30pm on July 4 by the entrance to Alton Towers.

Staffordshire Police said the car crashed into a gate and that the driver and a passenger had to be cut free by firefighters.

A force spokesman said they were not injured.

Last August, a young motorist was hurt when his car collided with a tree in Alton Road, Threapwood.

The driver, who was in his 20s, had to be cut free from the wreckage by firefighters before being conveyed to hospital.

Three years ago 17-year-old car passenger, Amy Jane Morgan, of Fountains Avenue, Leicester died at the scene of a two-car collision between a green Renault Scenic and a green Ford Fiesta which happened on the B5032 Alton to Denstone road shortly before 11am.

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