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'Speed bumps are a threat to business'

PLANS to introduce speed bumps along Old Lode Lane would punish the locals, not the drivers, a long-standing resident has warned.

PLANS to introduce speed bumps along Old Lode Lane would punish the locals, not the drivers, a long-standing resident has warned.

Solihull Council is asking for people’s views about the road-safety proposals, which aim to slow down traffic passing Hatchford Brook Junior School.

But Mark Cottrill, who has lived on the road for over 30 years, is concerned about the impact on residents and businesses.

“I think something needs to be done to tackle traffic, but I don’t believe that speed bumps are the answer,” he said.

“It’s a particular concern for the businesses, who are worried that drivers will start to avoid the road and they will lose trade.”

Five firms are understood to be asking customers to sign petitions and Mark has set up a campaign group on social networking website Facebook.

Aside from the sleeping policeman, the council are also looking to introduce a 20mph speed limit between the junctions with Valley Road and Tanworth Farm Road and two, new zebra crossings.

Solihull Council recently held a consultation, asking for input from parents, residents and drivers.

Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We want everyone to be able to travel around our borough safely, and particularly around schools where we would like to encourage children to walk or cycle to school.”

l Solihull Council is also looking to slow down vehicles in the Lyndon area and make things safer for local schoolchildren. Traffic calming measures being mooted include extra crossings and cycle routes.

To find out more about the two consultations visit www.solihull.gov.uk/consultation/ .

 

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