13th Jul, 2020

Calls made for speed limit on Rubery bypass to be reduced to 40mph to cut pollution

CALLS have been made for the speed limit on the Rubery bypass to be reduced to 40mph in a bid to cut pollution and noise levels in the area, writes Tristan Harris.

The road is currently at 70mph, the same speed as a motorway.

At Monday’s PACT meeting at Waseley Hills High School it was claimed that by reducing the limit by 30mph, pollution would be cut by 60 per cent and the noise levels would be lower.

Residents living in the surrounding roads said their lives were being made a misery by the constant noise at all hours of the day and night.

Plans to resurface the road with a noise reduction material as part of the Longbridge development were shelved because there was insufficient funding available.

And in September 2015 it was mooted that special noise reduction barriers be put up.

Coun Peter McDonald met back then with Worcestershire County Council Highways officers who agreed to trial the barriers on a small section of the A38.

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways Coun Alan Amos said: “We can confirm we are looking into concerns about the current speed limit along sections of the Rubery A38 bypass, we will update with further information in due course.”

WHAT do you think? Should the Rubery bypass be reduced to 40mph? Or maybe you think there are other ways to address the noise problems in the area.

Email your views to editor@bromsgrovestandard.co.uk or write to the address on page eight.

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