County highways crew on stand-by to keep the roads open

STAFFORDSHIRE highways department crews have faced a busy week clearing up after high winds gusting up to 70mph swept across the county this week

.Fallen trees were reported across the Staffordshire Moorlands in Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge, Reacliffe Road and Camrose Hill in Rudyard; Congleton Road, Biddulph; Sytch Road, Brown Edge; A52 Whiston Bank, Froghall; The Stakes, Kingsley; Station Road, Endon.

Snow ploughing teams have also been busy attempting to keep open the A53 between Leek and Buxton which was closed to traffic earlier today.

The daily Potteries to Buxton bus service was terminated at Leek because of the treacherous road conditions.

With more wintery conditions forecast this weekend highways ploughing and gritting crews will be remaining on stand-by around the clock to keep traffic flowing as best they can.

* STAFFORDSHIRE County Council is setting aside £100,000 to tackle the issue of traffic congestion at peak times in Cheadle.

A county council report states:” Leek Road and tape Street are operating at near capacity southbound during the afternoon peak period.

“The major pinch-point is at the at the approach to the Tape Street/Chapel Street/Well Street roundabout, which then causes delays at the Leek Road/Tape Street roundabout and the Queen Street/Tape Street junction.”