Quiet Lanes in the Churnet Valley

QUIET LANES

  •  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 .

More Information?

For more information on quiet lanes please follow the following links:

Department for Transport

https://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/traffic-advisory-leaflets/quietlanes.pdf.

East Cheshire Council’s Quiet Lanes Scheme

https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/transport_and_travel/highways_and_roads/streets_and_traffic/quiet_lanes.aspx.

Natural England

https://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/places/greenways/quiet_lanes/default.aspx .