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Call for action on roundabout

Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:52:18

Roundabout

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

A busy village roundabout is the focus of a safety campaign by Worcestershire County Council’s new Labour leader.

Coun Robin Lunn has called for action to improve the Slideslow roundabout in the light of development plans to build around 2,800 new homes in the Webheath and Foxlydiate areas of Redditch, which could significantly increase the volume of traffic using the Bromsgrove Highway and the roundabout.

A number of Oakalls residents have voiced their concerns on the estate’s Facebook page in response to a resident’s comment about a near-miss with a recovery truck on the roundabout. She posted:

“Not only did you nearly take me and my two children out but then also my mother in the car behind who was carrying my nephew and niece on board. I’m not going to rant, I’m still shaken up.”

She concluded: “Is there anything that can be done about the island? Or does anyone know of any plans to improve it before there is a serious collision?”

Coun Lunn told The Village: “I use the roundabout every day and completely understand the problems. It is not easy to use, especially for residents of The Oakalls trying to exit the estate.

“These problems need to be addressed now, in readiness for new homes being built across the area.”

He continued: “There are a number of improvements which could be made and while I am not a fan of yellow box junctions I believe in this case it would be an affordable solution to reduce congestion.

“This is not a party-political issue and therefore I hope for cross-party support.”

A Worcestershire County Council Bromsgrove Transport Package Report, published in May 2012, identified the roundabout as a critical junction linking the A38 and A448 with the local highway network.

The junction was also identified as a multiple accident cluster site on both the Stratford Road and A38 approaches.

The report also stated that, as a five-arm roundabout, this junction contravenes best practice and Department for Transport guidance which dictates that four-arm roundabouts should be the maximum to ensure safety.

Under Design Manual for Roads and Bridges guidance, the roundabout was considered too small to accommodate the significant traffic volumes using it. This causes some drivers to take additional risks and make poor judgments.

After Coun Lunn raised the matter at two council meetings, the Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment and Infrastructure, Ken Pollock, and the Highways Director have agreed to investigate the yellow boxes idea. Watch this space for further updates.


Kids

SCHOOL’S REGATTA SUCCESS

Two Finstall First School teams (above) performed superbly at the Bromsgrove and District Bell-boating Regatta at Upton Warren.

Both Finstall teams made the A Final where they faced teams from Stoke Prior First School and St Andrew’s First School.

In a very close final, the Finstall Reds finished first and the Finstall Blues second.

Head teacher Stuart Evans said: “The children were a pleasure to be with. Their behaviour and sportsmanship were excellent throughout the day and the same applied to the children from the other 33 teams who were competing in the Regatta.”


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