Improvements to be made to Lydiate Ash island

By Beth Sharp Monday 13 January 2014 Updated: 16/01 23:54

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BROMSGROVE and Rubery commuters can look forward to safety improvements on the Lydiate island starting this spring.

Coun Peter McDonald contacted The Standard about the roundabout, near junction four on the M5, saying it was known for being a trouble spot because of its lack of road markings.

He said accidents had been caused when drivers approaching the island on the A38, coming from Bromsgrove towards Rubery, had become confused by the signs which did not make it clear which lane should be used.

And he said if something was not done soon it could become one of the worst blackspots in the county.

"It is not rocket science to paint on the road an A38 sign to inform motorists which lane they should be in.

"There can be no excuse for putting motorists at such risk when the problem can be so easily overcome making the island safe for motorists," he added.

A Highways Agency spokesman said there was a pinch point programme aimed at improving the roundabout starting this spring.

That would focus on increasing the number of lanes, improving road markings and making it easier for drivers to select the correct lane on approach.

"Safety is always a top priority for the Highway Agency.

"The work is a part of the Government’s £317million pinch point programme designed to boost local economies, reduce congestion and improve safety," he added.

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