Council plan to end A50 traffic chaos

A council wants to move a pedestrian crossing - to stop queues forming on the A50 slip-roads. The crossing on Weston Road, in Meir, blocks traffic around the Weston Road roundabout and causes tailbacks on to the two A50 slip-roads.

Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council is proposing to relocate the crossing further away from the roundabout to help ease traffic flow.

The authority's Local Transport Plan and Highway Infrastructure Programme for 2023/24 to 2025/26 states: "The existing pedestrian crossing on Weston Road, near the junction with the A50, is a cause of traffic queuing back onto and around the A50 roundabout and in doing so significantly affects the efficient operation of the roundabout itself. It is proposed, subject to further assessment and surveys, to relocate the crossing further north, away from the roundabout, in order to increase the available 'stacking' capacity back to the roundabout."

The move has been welcomed by residents and shoppers in Meir. Any work is scheduled to take place in the next financial year.

Susan Rutter, aged 64, told StokeonTrentLive: "The pedestrian crossing is not in a good place. It is too near the roundabout. The traffic becomes congested. It could cause an accident. It is a good idea to move it."

Eric Hawkins, aged 82, said: "I welcome it. The traffic can back up. It is worth doing."

Ian Taylor, aged 60, added: "It does cause traffic chaos."

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