Call to make speed hump into crossing
RESIDENTS want to see official safety measures installed on a busy main road – to stop people confusing a speed hump for a pedestrian crossing.
Families living in Trentham say white arrows painted onto a speed hump make it look like a pedestrian crossing.
And now people are calling for the crossing to be officially put in place in New Inn Lane, near to the Man Inn Space Pub, in Trentham.
Lollipop man Peter Chadwick, who helps pupils from Trentham High School, below, cross the road, believes something needs to be done.
Mr Chadwick, of Huron Grove, said: "I have been crossing people over New Inn Lane for almost 10 years, I cross the children and the older people if they need to.
"But when I leave in the morning and before I arrive in the afternoon people automatically go to that speed hump to cross because they are so used to it – it is just a habit for people and a natural place for them to cross.
"It is a busy road, so something permanent needs to be put in so drivers recognise it as a crossing too."
Mr Chadwick added: "We have fought for a crossing before but nothing ever happened for some reason.
"But something needs to be done now because there isn't a single crossing all the way along the road, and it is a big road.
"New Inn Lane is a feeder road and the main road through Trentham, so cars are forever up and down it."
Controversial speed humps were installed along New Inn Lane in 2005 following an assessment by highways officials.
But families say motorists still travel at high speeds and agree that improved safety measures would be welcomed.
John Owen, chairman of the Ash Green and Pacific Road Residents' Association, in Trentham, said: "People are crossing there because it looks a little bit like a pedestrian crossing, so it just seems a natural and obvious place for a crossing to be installed."
But association member Gareth Ekin, of Caspian Grove, Trentham, has some reservations about the proposals.
He said: "You have to think that most of the traffic going up and down that road is going to be when people are going to and from school and that is the time where there is a crossing warden."
City Independents Councillor Peter Haywood, of Allerton Road, Trentham, who represents Trentham and Hanford, has agreed to look into the issue with Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Councillor Haywood said: "I will see where we stand in legal terms of having a crossing, without traffic lights, put in along the road. But either way, assessments would need to be done before it can be decided."