Kidsgrove residents and road users of the A50 in Kidsgrove have made some good positive suggestions for improving the traffic situation which occurs between the two sets of traffic lights in Kidsgrove. Staffordshire County Councillors Mary Maxfield and Geoff Locke were both keen to gage public opinion on what could be done in this area, with suggestions and comments being fed back to Staffordshire County Council.
Initial feedback from the poll suggests that most Kidsgrove residents and road users are opposed to the suggestion from Geoff Locke of preventing people from turning right into Heathcote Street from the A50. It appears from initial comments made in the forum that people are concerned on the impact this will have on other roads within the Kidsgrove area.
Another suggestion which appears to be simple and popular would be for the council to better enforce the traffic regulations and deal with the issue of illegally parked cars on Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove. These cars can narrow the carriageway and thus in turn cause delays, especially when large vehicles are trying to use the road. This option seems fairly simple to enforce and should surly be done alongside any other options.
There has also been the suggestion to impose a box junction system at the main bottle neck points on the road layout. This would prevent cars from blocking the exit points for vehicles turning right and could improve the overall traffic flow. This again seems like a fairly simple change that could be made to the current road layout.
Our personal favourite at the moment and one which we feel could really improve the traffic flow in Kidsgrove is the removal of the traffic lights and replace them with a roundabout. This would not only enable increased traffic flow, but also take Heathcote Street out of the traffic controlled system. This could really improve the traffic flow in Kidsgrove, however questions have been raised how this fits in with current transport planning policy.
As you can see we have created some very basic drawings to suggest how some of the current ideas suggested may look.
There have been many other ideas suggested, maybe you have ideas of your own. Please don’t be afraid to post your ideas in the forum, its free and easy to setup a fourm user account if you don’t already have one.