15th Jul, 2020

Highways bosses to take action at 'dangerous' Bromsgrove junction

Tristan Harris 13th Feb, 2020 Updated: 13th Feb, 2020

HIGHWAYS bosses are looking to extend double yellow lines at a Bromsgrove junction which residents say is an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

Those living in the area say the visibility for drivers using the turning between the Birmingham Road and Townsend Avenue is a nightmare as it is frequently blocked by parked cars.

Conservative Coun Rita Dent asked Worcestershire County Council officers to take another look at the stretch after they first came back to say they did not feel there was an issue.

And Liberal Democrat Coun Rob Hunter has been leading a campaign to get something done after residents raised the issue with him.

On Sunday morning 70 people living in the area braved Storm Ciara to express their frustration at nothing being done at the ‘risky turning’.

One resident Dean said he feared for the safety of his two teenage daughters – one who has passed her test recently and the other one who is currently learning.

He described the junction as ‘problematic and unnerving’ and said it was ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

Soroush said he had a crash causing £7,000 worth of damage to his car after turning out of the obstructed junction.

“We shouldn’t need to see someone killed on the road for someone to do something.”

In 2001 a teenage driver died was fatally injured at the same junction after parked cars on the road forced vehicles onto the other side of the road.

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said the authority was aware of concerns being voiced.

“Worcestershire Highways have re-evaluated this junction, it has been agreed that we will look into the possibility of extending the yellow lines.”

Both councillors involved in raising the issue welcomed the officers’ announcement.

Coun Hunter said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people from the local community who came together last Sunday to rally behind this important issue and demand action.

“I’m delighted to hear residents’ genuine concerns will finally be taken seriously.

“I hope the vital improvements that have now been promised will be made as soon as possible so that people are not put at risk for any longer than is absolutely necessary.”

Coun Dent added: “It is good that the officers have re-evaluated the situation and we are working with the residents to make the area safer.”

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