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Whittington Traffic Problems

Cllr. Alan White the Leader of Staffordshire County Council came to the Council Meeting on Monday. Alan said that he is very concerned with the Highway related problems affecting Whittington, and gave an update on the action that is being taken. He said that the 4 main problem areas are: the accidents happening at the Dog crossroads, the additional traffic problems caused by the diversions due to HS2 works, the implementation of a 20mph speed limit for Whittington, and the Swan Bridge damage. Cllr. White said that in relation to the crossroads speed humps are not practical because of the disturbance caused by the noise, and flashing warning lights can cause mental health issues. He will ask his Highway engineers to examine if better road markings will help improve the situation. In relation to the traffic problems caused by diverted HS2 traffic both he and Michael Fabricant MP have written to the Chairman of HS2 expressing concern. In relation to speeding traffic SCC will be carrying out speed monitoring to help discover the extent of the problem, but already concluded that a one-way system was impractical. In relation to the low railway bridge that is causing lorries to reverse over the Swan Bridge Cllr. White said that he will ask his team to ascertain if better signage would improve matters.