Posted on Friday 12th November 2021
A new traffic order is set to be introduced on a residential village road in East Staffordshire to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The order will prevent vehicles using Green Lane in Tutbury unless for access to a property. Vehicles flouting the order would be subject to penalty notices.
In addition, a pedestrian link to homes on the Heritage Park estate on the eastern side of Green Lane will be reopened in accordance with the developer’s original planning consent.
It will mean pedestrians will be able to cross the lane safely in a street lit area, rather than walking along Green Lane to the next access point.
The new traffic order will be introduced in the first quarter of 2022 followed by a period of statutory consultation with other public sector organisations and will be followed by a public consultation over the first six months. Afterwards, an assessment will be made on the impact of the changes before the restriction on vehicles is made permanent.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport David Williams said:
Safety on our roads is an absolute priority to us. The new traffic order on Green Lane is in response to the dramatic increase in pedestrian use on the lane since the construction of the adjacent Heritage Park estate.
The legal obligation in the planning permission for Heritage Park to have a pedestrian access onto the lane makes it necessary to limit vehicle access to properties only to reduce the risk to pedestrians and cyclists on the lane.
As a result, we can improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists on the lane and reopen an access point where people can cross. The pedestrian access to residential areas on both sides of the lane have street lighting, which is important, particularly as we head into the darker winter evenings. The change will mean that motorists will need to take a short detour.
We will monitor the impact of this on local roads over the 18 months after the restriction is implemented before a decision is taken on making the change permanent.”