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Fears grow over safety at island

SHIRLEY residents fear that a roundabout could cause a serious accident unless measures are put in place to slow down drivers.

SHIRLEY residents fear that a roundabout could cause a serious accident unless measures are put in place to slow down drivers.

Resident Sandra Allen said there have already been a number of crashes at the island, which was created at the junction of Stratford Road and Cranmore Boulevard three years ago.

Railings have been bent out of shape - where vehicles have lost control - and residents say that cars regularly go round the island at more than twice the speed-limit.

Sandra said: “Before the island was put in there weren’t any problems, but now local people are very worried and there have been several crashes.

“I’d like to see a dummy speed-camera introduced to slow down the cars and more railings, to protect people who are walking on the pavement.”

Councillor Gary Allport (Con, Shirley South) is backing the calls for traffic-calming measures.

At a recent meeting, it was agreed that the railings - already damaged by collisions - would be repaired.

But while Solihull Council is looking at traffic-calming measures on Cranmore Boulevard, it said there were no plans for the island, which it described as one of the safest on that stretch of road.

Coun Ian Hedley, leader of Solihull Council, said: “As it stands we have no plans to introduce traffic calming measures on this roundabout.

“There has been one accident that has caused injury on the roundabout in the last three years, which is the lowest accident rate for roundabouts on this section of the Stratford Road.”

 

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