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New year, new traffic calming for villagers near Stone battling speeding vehicles

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

By Kerry Ashdown

New year, new traffic calming for villagers near Stone battling speeding vehicles
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VILLAGERS near Stone who have seen a surge in traffic on their narrow roads hope a new calming measure will make motorists cut their speed in the new year.

Vehicles have been recorded whizzing through Hilderstone at more than 60 miles per hour, despite a 30mph speed limit, bends in the road and buildings close to the carriageway.

Residents have been calling for traffic calming for a quarter of a century, Hilderstone Community Speedwatch co-ordinator Richard Pilcher said, following countless incidents of damage to buildings and concerns about the safety of pedestrians, as there are no footpaths in the centre of the village.

There has also been a rise in the number of vehicles using Sandon Road, especially heavy goods vehicles travelling from the A50, with more than 700 cars and lorries passing through in a one hour period regularly recorded.

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But following a lengthy campaign, in conjunction with county councillor Ian Parry, the Speedwatch team and fellow residents are looking forward to the installation of chicanes at each end of the village to get drivers to cut their speed.

Mr Pilcher said: “We are hopeful that this next step will have some effect on behaviour. It’s been going on for a quarter of a century.”

Councillor Parry said: “Residents are sick to the back teeth of the speed of traffic coming through the village.”

Borough councillor Andrew Harp, who has also previously raised concerns about road safety in the rural Stone area, also welcomed the chicanes.

“The road is horrendous, especially first thing in the morning when the lorries come through,” he said.

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