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We need lights on busy road
7:00am Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
A CONCERNED mother is calling for traffic lights to be installed along a busy Kidderminster road amid safety fears.
Chris Kimber wants a pelican crossing along Birmingham Road to make it safer for Offmore Primary School pupils crossing the dual carriageway.
Two school lollipop patrols had to be taken off the stretch of road last month due to drivers exceeding the 40mph limit and driving illegally in a hatched lane.
They were back on duty two days later but Mrs Kimber has now set up a petition in a bid to get the traffic lights installed.
“I think it would be the safest option,” said Mrs Kimber, whose sons Daniel, 10, and Matthew, 8, attend Offmore.
“It’s very important to get a pelican crossing installed because it’s a very difficult road to cross at times when the crossing patrols aren’t there.”
She added it could take up to five minutes to cross the road as the cars travelled “too fast”, adding she hoped to get 100 signatures on the petition.
“If we get traffic lights that would stop them,” she added.
Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council’s highways manager, said the authority was not currently considering installing a pelican crossing on the road, however He added: “We understand and sympathise with concerns about the safety of pedestrians crossing Birmingham Road. However, we are also facing calls from businesses to remove traffic calming and increase speed limits on roads into the Kidderminster for economic reasons.
“The county council has to find a balance between these points of view and installing a permanent pedestrian crossing on the Birmingham Road is not currently being considered.
“We will be installing features to better control unsafe driving behaviour and continue with the school crossing patrol wardens in this location.”
People can sign Mrs Kimber’s petition at Offmore Primary School or go online at worcestershire.gov.uk
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