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Dad's call for one-way switch after near miss
6:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in Local
A FURIOUS father hit by a car that mounted the kerb on a narrow Bewdley street is calling for the road to become a one-way system to improve safety.
Philip Edmundson said High Street was too narrow for two-way traffic, causing “aggressive” drivers to endanger lives by mounting the kerb to get past.
He said his own life and that of his wife and young daughters were put at risk when a man drove on to the kerb while they were walking along the street on Saturday.
The bumper of the car hit Mr Edmundson’s left leg and he is now concerned that someone could be seriously injured if nothing is done.
“This driver will do it again, no doubt, as will many others.
How long before serious, significant injury or worse occurs?” he said “It is a common assertion that there are traffic issues on High Street and with drivers becoming increasingly aggressive when it comes to turning left of coming across parallel to the entrance to St Anne's Church.
“There simply is not enough room to get two vehicles through this junction without patience.
“The obvious and potentially most popular solution would be to make this route a one way system, from Severnside South, to Lax Lane, High Street andon to Load Street.”
He added bollards and repeating the give way instruction at the end of High Street would also solve the problem.
“Bollards in a similar fashion to the three already in place, running parallel to the kerb, finishing opposite the Old Bailiff's House, would allow pedestrians - both residents and visitors - the opportunity to enter the town centre safely and support the more intellectually challenged driver, who simply does not understand that mounting and driving along the kerb is both idiotic and unacceptable,” he said.
Conservative John Campion, Worcestershire county councillor for Bewdley, added the authority took safety of pedestrians and motorists seriously and reviewed areas where there were safety concerns.
"A one-way route is unlikely to be a viable option as there is no obvious alternative route and putting in place bollards may obstruct the footway,” he said.
“However, the county council will listen to concerns and suggestions and I would ask anyone who has an idea to get in touch with me.
"Bewdley is an attractive historic town with narrow streets and we would remind motorists to drive with due care and attention."
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