Stoke & Staffordshire

Plans to lower A522 speed limit after crashes

Plans to reduce the speed limit on a Staffordshire road after two fatal crashes there have been revealed.

Staffordshire County Council wants to lower the limit from 60mph (96km/h) to 40mph (64km/h) on part of the A522 in Cheadle, near to the JCB factory.

Scott Fairlie, 19, died after the car he was in hit a tree in November 2011, six months after 20-year-old Joseph Johnson died in a crash there.

As part of the plans new street lighting would also be installed.

The council said seven people had also been injured in accidents on the stretch of road in the last three years.

It said the new speed limit would go from just before the roundabout for the JCB factory site on Leek Road to a residential area where the limit is currently 30mph (50km/h).

Local residents, Staffordshire Police and Cheadle Town Council would be consulted on the plans, the authority said.

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