Safety's the top priority for Stoke-on-Trent's infamous accident blackspots
FIVE accident blackspots which have seen more than 50 collisions in just three years are to be targeted with new safety measures.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has revealed it plans to make a number of improvements to junctions around the city as part of its Local Transport Plan for 2012/13.
The proposals will help make the roads safer for both motorists and pedestrians, and include the installation of a new pedestrian crossing.
The initiative comes after the authority revealed how 54 road traffic collisions have been reported at the sites since 2009 – with four involving pedestrians.
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The areas earmarked for improvements, including the Hot Lane/Sandbach Road junction in Burslem, and the Leek Road/Victoria Road junction in Joiners Square, have caused concern among motorists and residents for years.
Now action is set to be taken to curb the dangers, although funding for the initiatives, which will be rolled out over the next three years, has not yet been revealed.
Motorists today welcomed the long-awaited proposals.
Forty-year-old Denise Clowes, of Tunstall, is a lollipop lady in Victoria Park Road, Tunstall.
She said: "It is a terrible road, it is always really busy and the cars go so fast. There are four terrible junctions in that area and we have wanted something done for a while.
"Cars constantly go onto the pavements because they struggle to get around and it is dangerous because there are schools nearby."
John Butler, aged 72, of Victoria Park Road, Tunstall, added: "The Little Chell Lane junction is a nasty one but it is difficult to say what could improve it because it is a busy road and people just generally drive too fast.
"It is dangerous because of the schools in the area and cars always park on the pavements.
"Something needs to be done to improve things, but it's a little more difficult making sure people slow down."
The city council has already announced plans for improvements at a chaotic set of roundabouts as part of the Local Transport Plan. The three roundabouts in Smallthorne have seen 69 collisions over the last four years.
Improvements include changing lane priority in Hanley Road and removing an approach lane.
The authority has also outlined plans to introduce an extra lane at Cobridge traffic lights as part of the initiative, following 20 years of complaints.
Nicola Craggs, of Austin Street, Joiners Square, wants to see improvements to the Leek Road junction.
The 42-year-old said: "It is atrocious, I know a lot of people who have had bumps at the roundabout.
"People don't use the lanes properly and it has a knock-on effect on the surrounding streets.
"No matter what time of day it is, you get stuck in traffic. So anything that helps relieve those issues will be an improvement."
City councillor Ruth Rosenau, left, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, added: "We have identified priority sites for further investigation and possible safety measures, specifically targeted at reducing road traffic accidents.
"We have successfully completed a safety scheme in Sandon Road in Meir this year and will be working to deliver further schemes across the city, subject to public consultation and council approval."