Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,
I note that a confused driver,Philip Alcock, was convicted of drink driving after driving the wrong way down a oneway street,Commerce Street, late at night,after exiting a traffic island, the Trentham Road Interchange.
https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/sto...
Obviously it could be extremely dangerous for drivers to exit inappropriately from a traffic island and the Council have a duty of care to prevent the occurence which might be more predictable late at night, and the Council seem to have failed in this circumstance, according to the image shown on Googlemaps.
The question is why are there no `No Entry`signs located at the mouth of Commerce Street,were the signs overlooked from the original junction development plan and when was the development plan implemented?
If possible please disclose a copy of the development plan specific to the junction of Commerce Street and the Trentham Road interchange, no one seems to properly investigate the causes of accidents, the Magistrates are only interested in issuing fines and selling drink-drivers’ rehabilitation courses for revenue generation,but the Council have a duty of care to minimise risks.
I apologise in advance if the images on Googlemaps are false and the signage is actually present.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Yours faithfully,

Dennis Fallon(BScHons)

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Fallon

 

Your request for information ref. SOT78954

 

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Dear FOI,
Quote "You should expect to receive a response to your request on or before 18 June 2019 in line with the legislation's 20 working day statutory deadline".
I would appreciate completion or a delay explanation.
Yours sincerely,

Dennis Fallon(BScHons)

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Fallon

 

Your request for information ref. SOT78954 about road signage in Commerce
Street, Longton

 

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Request: The question is why are there no `No Entry`signs located at the
mouth of Commerce Street, were the signs overlooked from the original
junction development plan and when was the development plan implemented?

If possible please disclose a copy of the development plan specific to the
junction of Commerce Street and the Trentham Road interchange.

Response: The current design guidance and legislation for signage in the
UK has no requirement for installing a NO ENTRY sign at a roundabout and
this is commonly recognised practice within the City and throughout the
country.

 

Alongside this the geometry of the entry lanes into the roundabout is such
that it makes any manoeuvre into that lane from the roundabout (and
against traffic flows)difficult as generally it requires the driver to
turn at an angle greater than 90ᵒ.

 

The local authority does not hold this information. Any development plan
specific to the junction of Commerce Street and the Trentham Road
interchange is under the ownership of Highways England (HE), as this
project was a design and build construction by them. Your request should
be redirected to Highways England, who will also have the rational for
installing the NO ENTRY signs at the top of the slip rounds only.

 

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

I note that a confused driver, Philip Alcock, was convicted of drink
driving after driving the wrong way down a oneway street, Commerce Street,
late at night, after exiting a traffic island, the Trentham Road
Interchange.

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/sto...

Obviously it could be extremely dangerous for drivers to exit
inappropriately from a traffic island and the Council have a duty of care
to prevent the occurence which might be more predictable late at night,
and the Council seem to have failed in this circumstance, according to the
image shown on Googlemaps.

The question is why are there no `No Entry`signs located at the mouth of
Commerce Street,were the signs overlooked from the original junction
development plan and when was the development plan implemented?

If possible please disclose a copy of the development plan specific to the
junction of Commerce Street and the Trentham Road interchange, no one
seems to properly investigate the causes of accidents, the Magistrates are
only interested in issuing fines and selling drink-drivers' rehabilitation
courses for revenue generation,but the Council have a duty of care to
minimise risks.

I apologise in advance if the images on Googlemaps are false and the
signage is actually present.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Yours faithfully,

Dennis Fallon

 

 

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Dear FOI,
Thank you for your response,from which I conclude the current standards for signage and road layout are dangerously unsatisfactory.QUOTE" The current design guidance and legislation for signage in the
UK has no requirement for installing a NO ENTRY sign at a roundabout and this is commonly recognised practice within the City and throughout the country.Alongside this the geometry of the entry lanes into the roundabout is such that it makes any manoeuvre into that lane from the roundabout (and against traffic flows)difficult as generally it requires the driver to turn at an angle greater than 90ᵒ".
I consider the junction design to be a failure because it has been designed with an exit angle not greater than 90ᵒ and there is a potential for error for further accidents and,although it is `commonly recognised practice`I do not believe it is a commonly recognised fault.Far too many head on crashes caused by unnecessary confusion.
Thank you for your help,I shall mark this request as `closed`and chase it up with Highways England.

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,

Dennis Fallon