Road changes spark concerns

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 09:46

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FEARS are growing speeding problems along two main roads in Church Hill could worsen when they are connected.

Residents living on Pebworth Close and Barnwood Close raised concerns about speeding cars along Tanhouse Lane and Rickyard Lane which were making it hard for them to exit their roads safely.

At a recent PACT meeting, they said they were concerned when Tanhouse and Rickyard were joined together as part of the redevelopment of the district centre - which will see motorists able to drive directly between Church Hill North and South - it would turn it into a ‘rat run’. They also feared it would increase the number of drivers illegally using the Church Hill Way bus lane which will intersect the new road.

One said: “Currently if you pull out of Pebworth there is only limited visibility. Cars coming down towards the centre are on you very quickly and that will only get exacerbated when the new road comes through.

“A lot of people cross the road there so either the speed needs to be control or the visibility needs to be improved. It is an accident waiting to happen.”

A Barnwood Close resident said there was a ‘very similar problem’ there which he had raised when the redesign of the centre was being approved.

“To come out of Barnwood Close your view to the right is obstructed. People come down Rickyard Lane at more than 40 miles an hour and you can only see a maximum of about 20 yards to the right.

“When you get cars coming through by the hundred that’s going to be a really dangerous spot as well.”

Coun Bill Harnett said his experience showed it was difficult to put speed ramps on carriageways because emergency services needed to get people along there quickly and all agencies would need to agree to any solution to the speeding issues.

“Although everyone agreed with the concept, the particular design that was put forward had got faults. Some of us took pains to point out what the faults were,” he said.

“I was against the rat run, I was against breaching the bus lane.”

A Redditch Borough Council spokeswoman said: “We aware of these hedges as the ones which belong to the council are a part of our annual landscaping schedule but we will re-evaluate the hedges and consider bringing the pruning programme forward to benefit drivers and residents alike.”

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