Consumerwatchfoundation says, finally good news over A519 HGV hell
We knew it was coming – the Western Access Route, and it should reduce the number of 44 tonne wagons thundering through Woodseaves and other villages on the non-primary A519.
But now people have a chance to lobby Bill Cash and the councils to make sure the traffic is driven away from the A519 and back on to the A518 primary route, the road which is still maintained to take HGVs, while the Woodseaves road never has been.
The Stafford Western Access Route will aim to ease traffic pressures around the town.
The new road will connect the A34 Foregate Street at the north of the town and Newport Road to the west.
Junction improvements around Stafford and other preparations works have been carried out but work to start laying the road is expected to get under way towards the end of June. The bypass project will then carry on into the next year.
The consumerwatchfoundation.com says let’s make sure the powers-that-be make it happen as they have promised.
In the last three years some of our 14 writers – suppored by Eric Wiltsher, at our sister radio station RTI.fm – have fought behind the scenes to get something done about the thousands of HGVs a day thundering through the village.
Amazingly, some of the villagers have ridiculed and scoffed at this campaign.
However, through Bill Cash we have had a bill brought before parliament (failed), we have had pollution investigations in Woodseaves, traffic counts, national, regional and local news coverage and debates on the BBC.
More importantly however, the consumerwatchfoundation.com, a privately funded pan-European organisation, set up to help consumers and people who are being badly treated by those in power, has investigated the legality of what happened in Woodseaves, beginning more than 15 years ago.
Already, evidence has been presented to the police and more evidence is being gathered as we speak.