116 caught by speed trap in one year on Reginald Mitchell Way in Tunstall
MORE than 100 motorists have been caught speeding on a notorious stretch of road in just 12 months.
A total of 116 drivers have been recorded by mobile police cameras on Reginald Mitchell Way, in Tunstall, since August last year.
The figures have been released under the Freedom of Information Act as families step up their fight for permanent speed cameras to be installed.
Matt Burke, acting secretary of Bankeyfields Residents’ Association, said: “It’s a very dangerous road. It’s on a slope and it’s hard for drivers to see the signs at points. But that shouldn’t make any difference really because drivers know the speed limit and they should be driving responsibly.
“I was trying to cross the road there the other day with my eight-year-old boy when we were on our bikes. It took about 15 minutes. There would be a constant flow of traffic, and then when you do get a gap, someone comes along at a dangerous speed.”
Residents have campaigned for traffic calming measures on the dual carriageway for years.
Several crossings have been placed on the road, which has a 40 mph limit, and improvements have been made to signage and road markings.
But Mr Burke added: “It needs permanent speed cameras in place. That’s the only thing that would really make motorists think twice.”
In spring, a toucan crossing was installed at the roundabout which joins Reginald Mitchell Way to Chatterley Road to help pedestrians reach the Goldendale West enterprise centre.
Five years ago a crossing was placed in the road after families from the nearby Swallows Rise estate complained.
Alterations have also been made this year to the road’s large roundabout, with signs being replaced and lane markings repainted.
Campaigner Gordon Owen said lane discipline at the roundabout has also been a problem.
The 44-year-old, of Mustang Close, Tunstall, added: “That’s a problem as much as the speeding to be honest.
“It’s just irresponsible driving. They could put cameras there but I’m not sure how much good it would do. I’ve heard that for cameras to be installed there must be a recent fatality.”
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: “Whilst any road traffic accident is extremely regrettable the recent accident record for Reginald Mitchell Way is not considered high.
“Despite this, the city council has always listened to the concerns of residents and undertaken many measures to reduce speeding and improve overall road safety.
“We will continue to monitor the situation on this stretch of road and take action where appropriate.”
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