TRAFFIC from Fox's Biscuits will create 'danger' for motorists and pedestrians if plans to redevelop the A50 go ahead in their current form, a Uttoxeter man has claimed.
Project B of the A50 Growth Corridor scheme, which is yet to be finalised, will see the McDonald's and Derby Road roundabouts closed.
According to Barry Gregory, this will lead to 'extreme congestion' as lorries from Fox's are forced to travel through town to reach the firm's Dovefields warehouse.
Mr Gregory has made written representations about his fear to project bosses at Staffordshire County Council and would like to see an alternative route.
He said: "At present, the route for HGVs from Fox's biscuit factory to their warehouse on Dove Fields is by travelling to the McDonalds roundabout, then east to the Derby Road roundabout and, finally, west to reach Dovefields.
"Once the roundabouts have been closed, the only route to get to the warehouse will be by travelling south along Cheadle Rd to the mini-roundabout in the town centre.
"This route is already extremely congested and quite dangerous because of the permitted parking on Cheadle Road, near the junction with Manor Road.
"They will then have to make a difficult left turn and be immediately faced with a pedestrian crossing.
"The Bradley Street mini-roundabout is now the scene of many near misses because drivers coming up Bradley Street have to give way to vehicles coming up Cheadle Road, many of which are travelling too fast.
"As the view from Bradley St is very restricted, a vehicle may already be on the roundabout when a fast-moving vehicle is approaching from the right.
"The previous layout, when the main road was via Bradley Street and Smithfield Road, obliged traffic from Cheadle Road to halt at the major road ahead.
"The view from that point was unobstructed and did not lead to the confusion and risks that we have today."
Project B is not yet out for consultation.