Froghall Railway Station.
The number of visitors to this site is testimony to the success of the CVR enterprise. Access to the parking facilities and the station itself is via a small junction at a point of the steeply descending A52 Stoke on Trent/ Ashbourne road and at a point where the road crosses over the Railway lines. Motorists not being familiar with the area, find themselves rapidly descending a steep hill, having to negotiate a sharp left hand bend with much
reduced forward visibility, a sharp narrowing of the road where it crosses the bridge, a slightly adverse camber and a need to come to a virtual stop in order to turn right onto the station car park of the station. Access from Kingsley is dangerous. Entry from the direction of Ashbourne is slightly easier. After a steep and dangerous descent down Whiston Bank and after passing the Foxt and separately the Ipstones turns on the right hand side motorist have approximately 100 meters before turning left onto the station car park at the Kingsley end of the bridge. Neither approach is without hazard.
An additional hazard is created by keen ‘steam train buffs’ who invariably occupy the very narrow footpaths over the bridge attempting to secure photographs of the trains in action.
It is submitted that at times when the steam trains are in operation the parking facilities become problematic and ingress and egress significantly increase the danger to other road users.
It is also submitted that if there is to be any increase in tourist numbers firstly there must be careful and detailed appraisal of the risks that will inevitably come with an increased volume of traffic.
It is impossible to deal with issues of Railway station traffic without having regard to future plans for the Bolton Copperworks site that is virtually contiguous with the rail operation.
In the event of any significant plans to increase canal based tourism at the same or related sites this too would need to be factored into any plans.