Families are set to win their fight to make a ‘rat run’ one-way after claiming the road is clogged up with traffic and their parked cars have been damaged.
A petition was signed by more than 640 families in 2018 calling on the council to make the stretch of road from Maunders Road to Leek New Road one-way.
It follows claims by residents that their parked cars have been damaged by hit-and-run drivers who use the road to avoid the lengthy queues on Leek New Road.
Now residents say they are ‘ecstatic’ that the council looks set to implement the one-way system.
Natalie Quinlan, aged 41, of Newford Crescent, said: “The road is a bit of a cut through and in the mornings and evenings it’s extremely busy and there are lots of cars parked on one side.
“This part is particularly bad as they come round this bend quickly and don’t slow down. I’ve had my car hit twice on two separate occasions.
“People crash into the car and then drive off. It has cost me quite a lot of money. I signed the petition when I first moved here because of it.
“I’m really pleased that the council are going to make it one-way, it will mean that cars are no longer waiting and it will be much better.
It is more important now more than ever to stay informed and up-to-date with what is happening near you with a news provider that you can trust.
We have been providing that trusted service for many years, delivering factually correct and interesting local news, sport and information written by dedicated journalists living in North Staffordshire.
And now we are making you an offer to have that service delivered to your door at a huge saving – you can get your Sentinel delivered for up to 40% LESS than the cover price for the first 13 weeks, followed by 20% off thereafter.
To find out how, simply click here – and start saving!
“A lot of children live along this street and there are always people walking along. I do think it will make things a lot safer.”
Kathy-Jane Stevenson, aged 38, of Newford Crescent, says the street is like a ‘rat run’.
She said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic because it is like a rat run around here. It’s very dangerous and there have been lots of potential accidents.
“We have children running about here, but I’ve seen people doing at least 70mph down here sometimes as they use it as a cut through.
“I’ve lived here just over five years and it’s been an issue ever since I moved here. It’s quite dangerous because there’s children about.
“I think making it one-way will solve the issue and that’s why I signed the petition. The sooner it is done the better as far as I’m concerned.”
The StokeonTrentLive app delivers the latest news, sport and what’s on information to your mobile phone – all for free.
Designed for iPhone, iPad and Android, you can discover breaking news as it happens and you will also find a wealth of information covering entertainment, business, community, weather and lifestyle. Click on the App Store here to download the app for iOS devices, and on the Google Play store here to download the app on Android.
And Peter Clowes, aged 44, of Newford Crescent, said: “I’ve lived here for 13 years and there have been a few accidents.
“We signed the petition to make the road one-way because parked cars have been hit here. There was one car that went into a parked car and it smashed another four up. They all went into each other, but the driver drove off.
“It’s a long time coming and I do hope it makes the road safer. They could also put some speed bumps in as well because people do use it as a rat run.
“There can be a lot of kids out here playing especially when it is good weather and it’s dangerous for them.
“Also if anything happens on the main road everyone is then queuing along our road and they are all playing loud music.”
The proposed safety measures are set to be brought in on Newford Crescent from Downfield Place to Maunders Road and will be implemented before March next year.
The council are currently consulting residents on the proposed improvements.
A spokesman for Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “The City Council is proposing to implement measures to improve road safety on Newford Crescent from Downfield Place to Maunders Road, this is in response to concerns raised by residents, locals and parents.
“Subject to a successful outcome from this consultation process the final proposals are currently planned for implementation prior to March 2021, however, this may well change depending on the outcome of the consultation. S
“Should the scheme progress to the construction stage, further information on both the timing of the works and associated traffic management will be provided to businesses and local residents in the area prior to any start on site.”