Road crash triggers renewed calls for action in Solihull street
A crash happened in a Solihull street just a couple of weeks after the council had rejected residents’ calls for traffic-calming measures.
Last Tuesday’s two-car collision, on Rowood Drive, has sparked fresh calls for action to make the road safer.
Back in April, more than 200 people had signed a petition demanding action, arguing the route was a popular short cut, served a major bus route and had several “sharp bends”.
The tea-time crash came a fortnight to the day after road chiefs ruled out reducing the 30mph speed limit or installing new warning signs.
Although, it was agreed that speed checks would be carried out in the road and that the route would be added to the local authority’s “speed aware programme” for 2019/20.
This week, Solihull Council said it was aware of the incident on 6 August, but, based on the initial report it had received of the incident, it would not influence its “current road safety priorities.”
Following the collision, which happened near the junction with Kitwood Drive, Elmdon ward councillor Laura McCarthy said residents “were absolutely furious” that their previous request had been rejected.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had been called at just after 6.30pm. One patient was discharged at the scene, while a second, a man, was treated for “relatively minor injuries” before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.
West Midlands Police confirmed they had been called to a “two car collision” and assisted with vehicle recovery.
At the recent environment and highways decision session, Cllr Glenis Slater, also an Elmdon councillor and leader of the Lib Dem group, had outlined local concerns.
“Rowood Drive is a very different road … it has many, many bends and twists and turns in it and lots of cars parked on the sides of the road,” she said.
“I do appreciate that you’ve got these problems all over Solihull somewhere or other, but this isn’t the first time a petition has been submitted in Rowood Drive.
“In my time of being a councillor in the last 11 years, I think there’s been at least two other petitions. So it is an ongoing problem that’s not going to go away.”
The street was also among those cited in a separate appeal for traffic-calming measures, by local resident Tina Clarke, which has to date been signed by around 850 people. It is likely to be submitted in October.
In his recent report, Paul Tovey, from the council’s highways team, said: “In the case of requests for traffic-calming measures the council has a difficult job to prioritise the requests received.
“Road traffic collision records are used to ensure the sites with the greatest need are targeted and to determine which road safety activity may be appropriate.”
At last month’s meeting he had noted that, in the case of Rowood Drive, there had only been one incident resulting in an injury in the past three years.
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