A GARAGE owner in Stoke-on-Trent says he has seen a 50 per cent drop in trade as a result of a set of temporary traffic lights on the road outside his business.
Andy McIntosh, 49, owns McIntosh Motor Services on Lonsdale Street, Stoke-on-Trent. Recently, a set of temporary traffic lights were put on the road, blocking the only entrance to his garage.
The lights control traffic around a building site for more than 200 houses on the nearby former Stoke City football ground, run by developer St Modwen.
McIntosh told Workshop Magazine how the traffic lights have had an adverse affect on his business.
‘It’s a big pain,’ said McIntosh. ‘They’re supposed to be removed next week, but quite frankly I don’t think there’s a chance in hell.
‘I spoke to Stoke-on-Trent City Council and they moved them back slightly, but the trouble would be solved if they moved the sign to wait at the lights to the other side of the forecourt, so I wouldn’t have the queuing traffic outside, but they won’t do it because they say it will hold up traffic too much.
‘We’re on a side street, whereas the other side of the forecourt is on a main road that’s about three times the length. How having the lights on a side street won’t cause major traffic when there’s three times the distance on a main road baffles me.’
As a consequence of the traffic lights, McIntosh Motor Services has taken a massive hit in the number of customers coming through the door.
‘I’d say passing trade has probably dropped by about 50 per cent,’ said McIntosh. ‘That doesn’t really apply to regulars because they know the problem, but the number of people stopping on their way past has really dropped because they just can’t get on to the forecourt.’
Neither St Modwen nor Stoke-on-Trent City Council have offered McIntosh any compensation for his loss of business. Workshop Magazine contacted both organisations, but they declined to comment.
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