Calls for Alton Towers relief road repeated

Traffic (generic image)Locals have repeated calls for Alton Towers to fund the building a relief road to ease traffic in the area during the peak summer months.

Recent traffic studies have revealed that traffic can treble during the busy summer months, compared to when the park is closed between November and March each year.

Staffordshire Moorlands Council is currently considering a planning application for the construction of 150 new lodges at the resort, which have again raised questions over traffic congestion in the park’s surrounding villages.

Alton Parish Council member Tony Moult told the Staffordshire Sentinel newspaper: “They charge about £6 to park at the resort at the moment and that must bring them millions in revenue.

“That money could have been used to fund the relief road, which we have been asking for, for a long time.

“The traffic is already too much through Alton and Farley. When I use public transport to get around the area, we are often stuck because of traffic heading to Alton Towers,” he added.