By Carl Jackson Friday 23 August 2013 Updated: 23/08 13:49
EIGHT roads on a Rubery housing estate could become the first in Worcestershire to have their speed limits reduced to 20mph as part of a new pilot safety scheme.
The proposals are currently being considered by Worcestershire County Council after concerns were raised by Coun Peter McDonald who had been contacted by worried residents.
The plans concern roads in the area north of the Bristol Road, including Callowbrook Lane, Lyndon Road, Richmond Road, Rockford Close, Kineton Road, The Avenue, Heron Road and Brook Road.
In the area near the subway on Callowbrook Lane alone, there have been three people injured in the last three years as a result of collisions.
And there have been countless other near misses on roads around the village.
Coun McDonald, who represents Beacon on the county council, said: “Vehicles being restricted to 20mph reduces the severity of any accident.
“One of the main complaints over a number of years has been speeding and this is a wonderful opportunity to restrict speeds in residential areas making them a lot safer than they are now
“The subway needs to be a speed restriction the same as outside schools to make it safer for mothers and toddlers and reducing the likelihood of accidents.”
Typically the restriction is used outside schools or for traffic calming measures, but this proposal for Rubery, if given the green light, would make it the first stand-alone zone in the county.
It would cost around £5,000 to carry out the work and install signage, which Coun McDonald has vowed to contribute to from his divisional funds.
The council hopes to start consultation by the end of the month and the restrictions could be in place within six months.
A Worcestershire County Council spokesperson said: “This pilot is very unusual and has come about due to a number of accidents along this route.”
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