Petition launched after safety fears over Bromsgrove's KFC junction

By Tristan Harris Thursday 01 May 2014 Updated: 02/05 14:33

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Buy photos » Jeremy Morris and his two children who both attend Charford First School with councillors Elaine Shannon, Chris Bloore and Sean Shannon. (s

A CAMPAIGN has been launched in a bid to get traffic calming measures at a busy Bromsgrove junction near three town schools after parents raised fears with the local councillor.

More than 700 names have been collected on a petition about the Charford Road, Stoke Road and A38 crossing.

Because the area is next to Charford First School, St Peter’s First School and South Bromsgrove High, it is well-used by both pupils and parents.

Campaigners are concerned that the speed limit there, with so many people crossing, is 50mph and feel it should be cut to 30mph or 40mph at the least as it is on other stretches of the road.

They also say the traffic lights change too quickly, giving pedestrians little time to make it across the junction in one go. That, they say, leads to children and parents, some with pushchairs, crowding onto a thin central strip that is too small to accommodate that many people.

Coun Chris Bloore, who is also a governor at Charford First School, is now calling on Worcestershire County Council to implement the traffic calming measures and to alter the time the traffic lights stay on red for to make it safer for those who use it.

“There was a small Facebook group started by residents and then they approached me and asked me to help.

“If the speed limit drops to 40mph at the Oakalls island and 40mph at Morrisons, then why is the traffic allowed to go so fast near three schools.”

On the timing of the traffic lights he said: “It only takes one person to fall into the road and we will have a tragedy on our hands - a tragedy that could be prevented.

“Parents are fearing taking their children to school in the mornings because they feel they are taking their lives in their hands.”

He added some had told him they opted to drive instead because they were so concerned.

Peter Blake, Worcestershire County Council’s head of integrated transport, said: “We are happy to liaise with Coun Bloore regarding the issues he has about the Charford Road in Bromsgrove.

“We will then be in a better position to act on these accordingly.”

Petitions are available at Charford First School, St Peter’s First School and at the Sunny Fields Children Centre.

Anyone wanting more information on the campaign can call Chris Bloore on 07905 612710.

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