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Members of the Audlem Parish Plan traffic group and other volunteers will be carrying out a traffic survey in the centre of the village shortly. 

The survey will establish the volumes of traffic, by type of vehicle, from early morning to early evening. A similar survey took place on 20th May and the team want to assess if the earlier survey was a typical day as far as local traffic is concerned.

The surveys are checking traffic volumes on the A525 and A529. The former was removed from the Primary Route Network in March 2010. The Primary Route Network (PRN) forms the main network of highways in the country for longer distance journeys, linking primary destinations.

The Audlem Parish Plan published in 2005 made the removal of the A525 from the PRN a major objective. Now, with that step achieved, it's vital to check on progress and see what impact there has been on long-distance traffic through Audlem, particularly Heavy Goods Vehicles.

The group will also be pressing local authorities to change the road signage so that the A525 is no longer shown as a Primary Route (yellow on green) but as an ordinary A-road. Road atlases are already showing the change of status.

Incidentally, Audlem Online was sent the curious local photograph used to illustrate this story by Mike Mason. Judging by the sign's surroundings, the advice seems fairly obvious. Perhaps it might be usefully employed elsewhere.


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