Speed limit cut on 'death crash' road
THE speed limit is set to be cut on a rural road which has claimed the lives of two young men.
A stretch of the A522 Leek Road, near to the JCB factory in Cheadle, will be reduced from a 60mph limit to 40mph by Staffordshire County Council.
The move follows the deaths of Scott Fairlie, aged 19, of Weston Road, Weston Coyney, in November, and JCB worker Joe Johnson, aged 20, of Sneyd Close, Cheddleton, last May.
The county council also wants to improve street lighting to make sure the area is well lit for road users.
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The move has been welcomed by resident Rob Capewell, who has been left traumatised by the series of tragedies outside his home.
Mr Capewell, a 47-year-old father-of-one, said: "I think it's fantastic news and something which is long overdue.
"I just hope people will abide by the new speed limit and not carry on driving at speeds of 60mph and above.
"I've been living in my house for 12 years and I've had four accidents end up in my garden.
"Hopefully the police will be out to enforce the new limit so people understand they can't continue to speed."
In the last three years, seven people have been injured on the stretch of road.
If the new speed limit is approved, the limit would be reduced from 60 metres north of the give way line of the roundabout access to the JCB site.
Signs indicating the new limit would be put up along the route, until it reaches the existing 30mph stretch of Leek Road.
The new street lighting will be installed all the way along the stretch of road to ensure pedestrians and cyclists can easily been seen.
Mike Maryon, the Staffordshire highways chief and county councillor for Cheadle, said the proposals would make the area safer for everyone.
"There have been a number of accidents on this particular stretch and we have listened and acted on people's concerns about traffic," he said.
"JCB has announced the creation of hundreds of new jobs, so these improvements will benefit everyone as undoubtedly this area is going to become even busier.
"The lower speed limit, together with new street lighting, will help make this stretch as safe as possible and encourage more people to walk and cycle to and from Cheadle."
Residents, Staffordshire Police and Cheadle Town Council will now have the chance to give their views on the proposals.
Town council chairman, councillor Margaret Locker, said: "Something had to be done following the fatal collisions which have taken place on the road.
"Reducing the speed and improving lighting is a good step forward to try to prevent any further tragic accidents from taking place."