Rushton CSW Group
Our CSW group works under the auspices of Staffordshire Police and as part of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership.
Our principle aim is not, believe it or not, to get motorists into trouble for speeding but rather, through a regular visible presence by the roadside, to remind motorists of the speed restrictions operating in our village and to encourage them to respect our village environment and slow down.
The group has determined in conjunction with our local police, that the two main ‘Hot-Spots’ in Rushton are the Old Road, heading towards Leek and the Main road (A523) as it exits the village heading towards Macclesfield from the speed cameras onwards. SO…. this is where we are currently concentrating our efforts.
The group has collected a significant amount of information on traffic flow through the village at various times of the day, both weekdays and weekends, over the past couple of months and we think you’ll be surprised by our findings (see below). The stats we have compiled so far show that, on a day by day basis, between 1500 – 1700 hrs around 1000 cars pass through the village. However during 1700 – 1900 hrs this number rises to anything from 1400 -1500 vehicles, particularly on weekdays. It was also noted that 2/3 of the vehicles are using the Old Road, usually without indicating and often rapidly accelerating, as opposed to the main A523 thus making the Sugar Street/Old Road/A523 junction extremely dangerous.
Over the coming months, we will be compiling traffic flow data for all of the roads coming into and out of the village and will be providing that information to SMDC, Highways and the Police in order to encourage the ‘powers that be’ to take a new look at these roads, their speed restrictions and other traffic management issues.
All residents of the Parish of Rushton are very away of just how dangerous the roads around us are, with many of them being commuter ‘rat-runs’, and we hope to cause a serious re-evaluation of the speed restrictions and traffic management measures in and around the village based on traffic volume and more importantly…… safety.