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Alert after crash at blackspot

SHIRLEY residents have warned it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed at an accident blackspot.

SHIRLEY residents have warned it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed at an accident blackspot.

Locals have spoken-out following another smash at the traffic island at the junction of Stratford Road and Cranmore Boulevard.

Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, residents were woken by a loud crash when a car careered onto the green.

Sandra Allen, who lives near the roundabout, said that there had been up to a dozen collisions in the past few years.

“I was woken at just after 1am by this immense noise, it was quite a shock and you always think the worst.

“The council have removed the railings along the kerbside, so the vehicle had gone up onto the green.

“We are worried about this island, because the cars come round so fast and it’s incredibly dangerous.”

Solihull Council has carried out several highways surveys in the area and is investigating the cause of the latest collision.

In June 2009, 88-year-old Betty McCulloch was killed on Cranmore Boulevard, a stone’s throw from the island.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt: “There are long running problems with people going too fast around the island.”

And Ann Turner, from Shirley Residents’ Association, said it wasn’t the only roundabout worrying residents.

“There have been so many near misses at the island between Union Road and School Road. It’s very worrying,” she said.

“Everyone you speak to, myself included, goes out of their way to avoid that particular roundabout.”

* What do you think? Write to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX or email solihull_news@mrn.co.uk.

 

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