MOUNTING anger over traffic congestion in Crewe and Nantwich has sparked calls from both sides of the political divide for urgent action.
Conservative members of Cheshire County and Crewe and Nantwich Borough Councils met on Monday to discuss concerns about traffic signal co-ordination, ill-planned signs and markings, and potentially dangerous pedestrian crossings.
Parliamentary candidate Eveleigh Moore Dutton, who chaired the talks, said the issues were difficult but the outcome very positive.
She said: 'We came up with a very constructive strategy about how we want to approach the gridlock in the borough as a group, and have highlighted three key priorities. The first and foremost issue is the issue of road safety.
'We are very concerned that new pedestrian crossings installed all over both towns are not easy enough for motor-ists to identify, and as a result pedestrians are running the risk of stepping out into oncoming traffic.
'Secondly, something needs to be done about traffic flow very urgently, and to that end we believe filter arrows on the roads need to be reviewed and we need a definite time scale for the traffic signalling saga to be resolved. Finally, a more long-term aim is to look at signposts around the towns with a view to diverting more traffic around them if motorists are trying to get elsewhere.
'At the moment a lot of congestion along Nantwich Road in Crewe and Hospital Road and Welsh Row in Nantwich is caused by traffic passing through.
'We know a lot of traders are fedup with this because they believe it is putting off potential trade, and we feel it would better for everyone if more traffic could be directed around the town centres.'
Borough Council Labour member Tom Dunlop, who chairs the Joint Highways and Transportation Committee, is set to invite county highways planners back to have another look at the current state of the roads.
He said: 'Crewe and Nantwich is the third fastest growing borough in England, but anyone who attempts to drive around, especially at peak times, will know that our traffic congestion is just getting worse.
'The road systems are simply not keeping up with the rate of expansion.'
Mr Dunlop is inviting anyone with an issue to raise about the highways to write to him care of the Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ.