Hundreds protest over ‘chaotic’ road layout at centre of Castle Bromwich
Almost 800 residents in Castle Bromwich have backed calls for the council to “rethink” the road layout at the centre of the suburb, amid concerns about queueing and road safety.
Work on the £1.3 million Hurst Lane Place Project was completed in 2015, but complaints were made that the new system was “causing chaos” at the busy junction, near Morrisons supermarket.
And more than three years on many people remain unhappy about the changes that were made.
The scheme at the centre of the controversy included the installation of mini roundabouts and a new toucan crossing, the creation of extra parking spaces and a narrowing of a section of the Chester Road.
Cllr Cheryl Buxton-Sait (Green, Castle Bromwich) had presented a 770 signature petition, calling for highways chiefs to take another look at the location, at this month’s Full Council meeting.
Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), she said that concerns probably came up on the doorstep more than any other issue in the run-up to the local elections earlier in the year.
“The strength of feeling was immense. Most people said ‘if you get in can you try to do something about that road.’
“Drivers don’t like to use it … I’ve seen emergency vehicles get stuck in that traffic.
“And there are concerns about pedestrians finding it difficult to navigate.”
The scheme had originally been conceived to deal with these very issues, with road chiefs having identified existing concerns about traffic flow and people on foot struggling to cross the road.
A report prepared a few months before the scheme started had predicted slight increases in journey times during peak periods, although officers said they were “not considered to be excessive.”
Cllr Buxton-Sait said residents had told her that they didn’t feel their concerns were taken on board during the design process. She hopes that the petition will persuade the council to take another look at the layout.
With cars queueing to get into Morrisons’ adjoining petrol station thought to be adding to the traffic, some locals have suggested that one of the entrances to the forecourt be closed off to alleviate the congestion.
When work on the scheme was completed, Cllr Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said he was “really pleased” with what had been achieved at the location.
“The area has become safer for pedestrians and motorists alike and it has been great to see local people being able to get safely to and from the shops without danger,” he said at the time.
A Solihull Council spokesperson this week confirmed that the petition would be referred to Cllr Richards and considered at his decision session on 29th November.
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