- The Churnet Valley has an inadequate road infrastructure caused partly by challenging topography but also by lack of investment over many years.
- Narrow country lanes in the Churnet Valley struggle to cope with recent increases in traffic volumes, particularly the traffic attracted to Alton Towers.
- The introduction of Sat-nav has already exacerbated the tendency for Alton Towers visitors to use some lanes as short cuts, increasing the risk of accidents.
- Plans to develop Moneystone Quarry as a tourist site can only make the situation worse.
WAG’s Quiet Lanes Initiative
- Staffordshire County Council, the Highways Authority, can designate certain narrow country lanes as “Quiet Lanes”, a policy that has already been adopted in neighbouring Cheshire and Derbyshire.
- “Quiet Lanes” are intended to encourage low numbers of vehicles travelling at slow speeds to better mix with walkers, cyclists and horse riders so that all road users are safe.
- The Churnet Valley is considered to be an ideal area in which to designate a network of quiet lanes.
- An approach has already been made to Staffordshire County Council, the Highway Authority, with a request that the possibilities be explored.
- WAG is also conducting a survey of road users to measure the level of public support .
For more information on quiet lanes please follow the following links:
Department for Transport
East Cheshire Council’s Quiet Lanes Scheme