Calls made for urgent action on Rugeley 'bottleneck' junction
Written by The Newsroom on June 3, 2019
A Rugeley councillor is calling for action to ease the way for motorists entering and exiting a town estate.
County councillor Alan Dudson raised the plight of Pear Tree Estate residents and visitors, who have to use a “bottleneck” junction at the A460 Hednesford Road, during a discussion of highways investments and improvements at May’s full council meeting.
This year each councillor has been given £20,000 to spend on highways improvements in their area, and the authority has put forward an extra £5m to help tackle potholes.
Councillor Dudson said: “I’d like to thank the council for the £20,000 that will be used in my area for emptying gullies and drains. What I would like to ask is how many feasibility studies are being done at the moment by Amey?
“In my area I have a bottleneck – we have been up before on the Pear Tree Estate. There is a school that is now defunct, which I believe will have extra housing, and to come off the Pear Tree Estate is absolutely horrendous – one car or two cars at a time. I don’t know what people do between six and seven.
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“I’ve got a feasibility study with Amey. No disrespect to (highways officer) Mark Keeling or his gang – they do a fantastic job – but it seems to me that Amey seem to be letting the team down. Could you find out what is happening with my feasibility study – or have I got to ask the vicar if his gaffer up there will help me out? It seems to be taking longer to do these feasibility studies than it does to Tarmac the road to Nazereth.”
Councillor Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways, responded: “I will find out about your feasibility study and I will get back to you.”
Speaking after the meeting Councillor Dudson said he wanted to see action to tackle the bottleneck.
He had previously called for traffic lights, but was unable to get them, and now he is seeking alternative measures, including a new filter lane off Queensway for traffic turning onto Hednesford Road.
“I’ve been pushing for it for six years”, he said. “Residents are always complaining that exiting and access is difficult.
“Having a filter lane onto the estate and an island would help control traffic flow.”
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