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Safety boost at notorious road

A MERIDEN road dogged by serious accidents, including five fatalities in the last 15 years, has got a new roundabout in a bid to improve safety.

A MERIDEN road dogged by serious accidents, including five fatalities in the last 15 years, has got a new roundabout in a bid to improve safety.

The Ministry of Transport provided the funding for the £1.6 million roundabout after responding to concerns from local police about the number of deaths on Kenilworth Road in Meriden.

Coun Lea (Con, Meriden) said: “The current thinking is that speed kills. This was the reason why the Ministry of Transport were ready to provide funding. The 50 mile per hour limit slows traffic down but people still go too fast. Time will tell how successful the roundabout will be.”

Kenilworth Road runs from the M42 towards Kenilworth. Speed cameras and signs have already been installed in an attempt to tame speeders who were regularly hitting 70 miles per hour.

Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, Coun Ted Richards, said: “I am delighted to be opening the new roundabout which will hopefully improve safety along this stretch of the road and prevent any further accidents in the future.”

Some residents are concerned that the traffic caused by the roundabout may push road users into the rat runs and clog up smaller roads around the duel carriageway.

 

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