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Towers traffic work starts

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Monday, 19th December 2005 By Dan Ketteringham

Plans for traffic-calming measures to help tackle congestion on roads leading to the park are under way.

The scheme, which was announced in the summer, includes 30mph flashing gateway signs on the roads entering the village of Alton, which is plagued every year by thousands of visitors travelling to the tourist attraction.

The junction of Dimble Lane and Knight Lane is also to be upgraded.

A footpath is being constructed outside shops in Smithy Bank to help improve safety for pedestrians.

A new ford is being constructed in Horse Road to alleviate problems with flooding but proposals for a mini-roundabout close to the Blacksmiths Arms pub were rejected.

Villagers have already welcomed the scheme as a short-term solution to ease traffic chaos. The £50,000 work is being funded by the county council with financial assistance from Alton Towers.

Proposals for the long-awaited bypass have yet to be finalised, but Staffordshire County Council hopes the series of traffic-calming measures will offer some short-term relief.

Source: The Sentinel


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