Deep Hayes Country Park.

Deep Hayes Country Park.

Access to this facility by car is seriously problematic. From the Endon-Leek road the motorist has to turn at a junction with poor sight lines and the additional hazard of a pedestrian crossing. Egress from that junction onto the main line is significantly more dangerous because of poor sight lines towards Endon and also towards Leek where the brow of a steep hill restricts the view of fast moving traffic. A tragic if temporary memorial to a young person killed in an accident within yards of the junction adds emphasis to the difficulty that motorists face.

If anything the access to the Park is substantially worse if approached along the single track road that runs from Cheddleton to the Park. There are road signs either end testifying to its unsuitability for motor vehicles. For these reasons if no other any expansion of tourist access would seem foolhardy. At its present level of usage this facility is currently able to cope.
Parking is of course limited. It is unclear whether the plans to extend the railway usage will affect the facility.

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