Campaigners call for safety improvements at ‘dangerous’ crossroads

A PETITION has been launched by campaigners calling for safety measures to be improved at an accident blackspot in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

They fear the situation at Freehay crossroads, near Cheadle, is so dangerous that urgent intervention is needed in order to prevent a possible fatal collision.

The crossroads is on a route to Alton Towers theme park which attracts many thousands of visitors from far and wide every year.

Petition organiser Nicole Johnson says changes planned by Staffordshire County Council highways department do not go far enough.

“We are worried it’s going to be more of the same – signs and rumble strips that won’t make any difference. It’s got to be more than that,” she said.

Local district and town councillor Richard Alcock, pictured, has been campaigning for some time for better safety measures to be introduced.

He warned: “You see people go straight over every day. It’s only a matter of time until someone is killed.”

So far 100 signatures have been collected on a petition calling for major improvement work to be carried out at the crossroads.

Local county councillor Mark Deaville, a former cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “Highways teams will be carrying out detailed design work on a scheme that will improve safety at the junction.

“We would then hope to be able to do the work in the same financial year,” he added.