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Road humps could be bump in the road for council

RESIDENTS, business and bus companies have urged Solihull Council to reconsider proposals to introduce speed bumps down Warwick Road.

RESIDENTS, business and bus companies have urged Solihull Council to reconsider proposals to introduce speed bumps down Warwick Road.

The council has revealed plans to raise both existing zebra crossings on Warwick Road, between Brookvale and Lincoln Roads, and remove four on-street parking spaces to improve road safety.

They were introduced after a review found there had been 22 traffic accidents on the road, resulting in slight injuries, within three years.

However, National Express West Midlands, who operate the No 37 bus service, claim the proposals would cause long-term damage to their vehicles.

“We have offered to meet with Solihull Council to explore other measures such as traffic islands or speed cameras,” a spokesman added.

Trevor Eames, secretary to Solihull Ratepayers’ Association, suggested the introduction of a 20mph zone without speed bumps.

“The cumulative effect of road humps causes damage to vehicles and discomfort to drivers and passengers,” he said.

“They’re expensive to put in, we’re told the cost will be £42,000, and expensive to maintain. They should only be used where nothing else is appropriate but that’s not the case here.”

“Opposition has always been substantial to road humps from residents and shopkeepers.”

He added that the loss of parking spaces could have a ‘profound’ effect on Olton businesses who rely on passing trade.

Danny Baker, manager of Warwick Road’s Store Twenty One, agreed: “We need more parking spaces not less.

“There’s very few as it is. I would absolutely urge the council to look at alternatives.”

The deadline for objections was originally today (Friday). However, this week, Solihull Council took the decision to extend it until August 24.

Consultation results will be published in early September.

 

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