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Plea for crossing after senior dies

RESIDENTS, councillors and a Solihull MP have thrown their weight behind a campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Cranmore Boulevard after the death of a Shirley pensioner.

RESIDENTS, councillors and a Solihull MP have thrown their weight behind a campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Cranmore Boulevard after the death of a Shirley pensioner.

The 88-year-old, who has not been formally identified, but was named locally as Betty McCulloch, was killed in a road accident on Friday June 12 while trying to cross the busy road.

Resident Susan Coulter, has already started a petition with support so far from over 350 locals as well as Lorely Burt MP, Councillor Tim Hodgson and Councillor Andy Hodgson (Shirley South Ward).

Coun Tim Hodgson said:” We have long been calling for a pedestrian crossing at this location and it is very sad that it has taken a death to get the council to revisit the issue.

“The road layout changed a couple of years ago at the junction of Cranmore Boulevard and Stratford Road to a roundabout. It has met with criticism from residents because cars coming off there travel quite quickly.

“The council said a pedestrian crossing can’t be justified because there are no statistics to suggest it is an accident blackspot.

“Regrettably it takes an accident to precipitate action. It’s a shame.”

Mrs Coulter said residents were devastated by news of Betty’s death. “All the neighbours I spoke to were very sad and shocked by the news - some of them had tears in their eyes.”

The fatal collision happened at just before 9.30am. Emergency services were despatched to the scene and Betty was airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “I was sorry to hear about the accident on Cranmore Boulevard. In response to earlier concerns raised by residents, we have introduced a number of road safety measures area which make it easier for pedestrians to see traffic.

“However, in light of this recent incident, we will be working with the local police to establish whether there are any further measures required.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash should call Solihull police station on 0845 113 5000.

 

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