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Bordesley suffering 27,000 vehicles daily

Posted on March 22 2007 at 2:30:39

A traffic calming summit has been held to tackle problems on the road from Redditch through to Alvechurch.

It heard that while the Bordesley bypass was almost certainly dead since the Abbey Stadium development had been refused, there was still “a distinct need for traffic calming”.

The most recent 24-hour, two-way traffic survey had counted 27,000 vehicles passing close to homes along the Bordesley stretch, yet Jon Fraser, from Worcestershire highways department, told the meeting that he felt it was unlikely the speed limit could be reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

A pedestrian refuge island, however, was feasible in the centre of the road at the site of a proposed new bus shelter.

The meeting included Worcestershire County Council leader George Lord and Bromsgrove District Council leader Roger Hollingworth, along with his district colleages Coun June Griffiths and Jean Luck.

It was organised by Alvechurch Parish Council, which has agreed to contribute £3,500 towards a plan to calm traffic between Alvechurch Football Club and Swan Street.

This will feature a central reservation and flashing sign to slow traffic coming into the village after a number of crashes into gardens.

Coun Lord said a misunderstanding meant traffic calming measures had been introduced at the new schools site before effective lighting had been installed.

Reflective paint may be applied to kerbs as a short-term measure.

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