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Two road safety improvement schemes to be carried out

Published: Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

Work is being carried out on two schemes that will help improve road safety for motorists and pedestrians in Stoke-on-Trent.

The schemes on the North Road/Sandbach Road junction in Cobridge, and the centre of Penkhull village are being carried out in June, and will follow Government guidelines around coronavirus to keep workers and the public safe.

The work on the North Road/Sandbach Road junction scheme started yesterday and is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete. The improvements include:

  • Upgrading the traffic signals to include pedestrian push buttons;
  • Widening the pavement slightly to make room for the added pedestrian facilities;
  • The installation of traffic signal cable duct up to 100 metres from the junction on all four approaches, which involves digging up and reinstating the pavement;
  • Resurfacing the junction.

A short section of North Road from the crossroad to the junction with Fraser Street will be closed to traffic while the work is carried out, with three-way temporary lights controlling vehicles on the other approaches. Access to properties on the closed section of North Road is from Leek New Road with diversions in place. The road resurfacing will be carried out overnight towards the end of the scheme, with road closures in place.

The work in Penkhull village is due to start on Monday, June 8 and will last for approximately 10 weeks. It will involve:

  • Alterations to the existing mini-roundabout, including the removal of the existing central island and provision of a new dome shaped central island;
  • Provision of a new footway on Rothwell Street, outside the church;
  • Widening existing footways on St Thomas Place;
  • Reallocation of road space by reducing the approach lanes to the roundabout from two lanes to one lane on St Thomas Place and on Penkhull New Road;
  • New pedestrian dropped kerbs in various locations;
  • Removal and replacement of road markings;
  • Carriageway resurfacing on the approaches to the mini-roundabout from St Thomas Place, Rothwell Street, Penkhull New Road, the top of Manor Court Street and the top of Newcastle Lane. These will be done overnight to minimise disruption.

There will be four-way temporary traffic lights in operation on St Thomas Place, Newcastle Lane, Manor Court Street and Penkhull New Road while the work is carried out. Some sections will require road closures with diversion signs in place to re-direct traffic. Access to shops, businesses and properties will be maintained for the duration of the works.

Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for infrastructure, regeneration and heritage, said: “These proposals will improve safety for pedestrians and motorists at two busy locations alike. We’ve committed £22.8 million on road and pavement improvements over the next four years, one of the biggest ever sustained investments in the city’s transport network by the council, which will be topped up by an additional £12 million from the Government.

“This is a significant investment in the city’s highways infrastructure which we know is something our residents want to see. As the Government begins to slowly ease the restrictions on life, we can start to progress schemes now, while making sure we respect the latest guidance on construction work to keep everybody safe.”

For all media enquiries please contact  the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232987.