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Bill Cash MP welcomes London Midland’s rail safety fencing but questions adequacy

Press release 13/11/09

 Following ongoing correspondence to ensure rail safety fencing is installed at Barlaston and Wedgwood stations, Bill Cash MP said:
 
 “After several meetings and ongoing correspondence with the relevant authorities, I welcome London Midland’s letter to me stating that they take all safety matters extremely seriously and they can no confirm that they have fenced off the areas in question.”
 
 “At the same time, I would have to question the adequacy of the measures they have put in place. I am told the fencing is of poor quality with wooden struts acting as a simple barrier to prevent people from walking on to the trackside.
 
 “This needs to be investigated further because I originally called for safety fencing on the basis that it really must ensure the safety of constituents and those passing through our area.”


Bill Cash MP warns Staffordshire County Council of concerns for public safety, businesses and parking at proposed pedestrian crossing at Upper Tean

Press release 25/11/09

 
Following objections from local residents on the proposed pedestrian crossing on the A522 High Street/New Road Upper Tean’s pedestrian crossing facilities, Bill Cash MP said:
 
“This measure for a new crossing was supposed to support the pedestrian flow from the Mill Development from Hall Yard but it creates a dangerous threat to public safety. As Checkley Parish Council have stated, vehicles exiting the Mill Development will be consciously looking left and pulling straight onto the zebra crossing. This is a hazard.
 
“Those with local businesses will lose parking spaces on the street and it will have a detrimental impact on their business.
 
“There are also concerns that by taking away the corner of New Road, it will cause people to step onto the road at this point and it is obvious that this will be highly dangerous.”
 
“I have written to Staffordshire County Council so that they can address these concerns and I would welcome the views of any of my constituents where they are affected by these proposals.”


Bill Cash MP supports petitioners aiming to save 432 and 433 bus services

Press release 31/01/11

 
In relation to the news that Arriva are due to cease operating specific services at the end of February 2011 – notably the 432 and 433 bus services – the local MP for Stone, Bill Cash MP said:
 
“There is very strong feeling against the removal of vital transport services within my constituency and I have raised the concerns with the Secretary of State for Transport along with a 900-strong petition.
 
“I have made ongoing representations on behalf of my constituents already and will continue to do so – and I have made it clear to my constituents that I very much support the objective to keep the 432 and 433 bus service.
 
“Along with the strong petition and letters, I am continuing to press these serious concerns with the Chief Executive of Arriva and also Staffordshire County Council, to see if a resolution to the issue can be found.”


Bill Cash MP supports constituents over A518 and A519 concerns

 Press release 07/06/2011

 
Following the organisation and efforts of local residents through the A518 & A519 Action Group and Bill Cash MP having raised the matter with the Leader of Staffordshire County Council at a meeting today, Mr. Cash is taking several concerns up with hauliers, Staffordshire County Council and Secretary of State for Transport, notably on the movement of HGVs and the control of speed and preventing accidents.
 
Mr. Cash said:
 
“Given local residents’ concerns over regulating the number of HGVs using the road and passing through their villages, I am pressing these matters with hauliers, Staffordshire County Council and Secretary of State for Transport.
 
“There are various incidents which are of concern along the A519 and along the Newport Road in Gnosall, notably overturned vehicles which are not being reported as accidents, tailgating problems, damage to properties by vehicles smashing into them, noise pollution, cars parking in inappropriate places and lorries which are reportedly driving on and off the pavements because the roads are too narrow for those vehicles of the size now using the A519 to pass each other which are all extremely dangerous for drivers, pedestrians and local residents.
 
“I have contacted the Road Haulage Association and local hauliers, as have residents in Woodseaves, to indicate if any changes can be made to Sat-Nav technology so that HGVs are not merely directed along those roads, which would be of some benefit to our objectives.
 
“I have written to the Secretary of State for Transport with regards to the Primary Route Network (PRN) which designates routes between major settlements and ports/airports across the country, and is the preferred routing for long-distance traffic, particularly HGVs and goods traffic, between those destinations. For example, it may be that by re-routing the Primary Route from Telford on to the A5, M6 and any other more suitable A-roads, a weight limit (7.5 tonnes) between Gnosall’s Navigation Inn and Royal Oak would deter HGVs from using the A518 between Newport and Stafford. And those protections for weight limits could be strongly demanded for the A519 through Woodseaves so they are not affected.
 
“I have also asked Staffordshire County Council for a specific meeting on the issue so that we can address the ongoing concerns with HGVs, speed and accidents along the A518 and A519. I am aware that each local authority position may change under new Coalition Government plans. Under the Coalition Government’s recent consultation plans, a new approach was developed in which the Department for Transport would maintain a list of 'primary destinations' in the UK, but local authorities would decide by which routes they are best connected, working together where necessary; and local authorities would have responsibility for road classification in their area.”


Bill Cash MP seeks answers over rising fare prices on the 32A/32 Cheadle bus route

Press release 20/08/09       

 
Following correspondence with the Chief Executive of First Group on behalf of local constituents, Bill Cash MP has written to Staffordshire County Council to ask what can be done to deal with the rising fare prices on the 32A/32 bus route. The First service is under contract to the County Council.
 
Cash has asked Staffordshire County Council to address issues relating to the bus service which runs between Cheadle and Uttoxeter and also for solutions on what can be resolved in relation to the rocketing price of fares on this bus service, which also transports summertime visitors to Alton Towers.





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