Work to improve traffic flow on a residential street by creating a parking layby for motorists is now under way.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is carrying out the improvement scheme on Berwick Road, Sneyd Green, which will allow 21 vehicles to park safely off the main road. The work is being carried out after the council listened to residents’ concerns that parked cars had been hit and damaged by passing motorists. Fears for pedestrian safety were also raised due to vehicles double parking on the road.
The work will see the existing grass verge on the south western side of the road, in front of an embankment that sets housing back from the road, reduced in width to accommodate the layby parking. The city council carried out a consultation on the plans with residents last year and the scheme is now being delivered.
Ward councillor Joanne Powell-Beckett has worked with residents and the council’s highways team to draw up proposals to improve the situation on Berwick Road.
She said: “One of my first priorities as ward member was to address the dangerous state of the wall, pathways and parking on Berwick Road. Work to improve the pathway, steps and rebuild the wall has already been completed, and I’m delighted to be able to say the work to create the new parking layby is now under way.
“There is a section of houses set back above Berwick Road which have no parking. This new layby will take 21 vehicles off a busy road where cars regularly get damaged and it is extremely difficult to get out of a parked car, particularly with children.
“The work will make it much safer for residents and road users on Berwick Road and address concerns in the community. Overall, the schemes have really improved the area for residents and I’m looking forward to seeing the final element being completed.”
The work will take until Christmas to finish and will involve the use of two-way traffic lights to allow the work to be carried out safely. Motorists are asked to allow more time for their journey and to take care when driving through the roadworks.
For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232987.