A PROPOSAL has been made to almost halve the speed limit of a "death trap" dual carriageway between Kidderminster and Stourport.

Conservative newsletter Stourport-on-Severn Matters outlines a plan to reduce the national speed limit A451 Minster road to 40mph, as well as reduce it to one lane in the Stourport direction.

The reason for the proposal is in response to a number of fatalities that have happened on the road, according to Conservative Councillor Chris Rogers.

He has raised concerns about the speed limit as well as the slip road on the dual carriageway, which is used to access the Stourport Recycling Centre.

Cllr Rogers said: "It's literally a death trap.

"I got involved with the highways officers and police to look at what the options were. The idea is to reduce the speed limit to 40mph."

The councillor says residents travelling on the road "literally take their own life in their hands."

"As a Stourport man myself I know exactly what it's like," he said.

"We are just trying to keep our residents safe."

He says the speed reduction would only add around 30 to 40 seconds to a journey.

The Shuttle previously reported a man in his 20s died in hospital following a horror crash on the A451 Minster Road in April.

A Ford Fiesta Zetec had reportedly had flipped onto its roof near to the recycling centre.

The Shuttle also reported three people were treated by paramedics after a car crash on the road in July this year. 

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: “The council is currently considering a number of traffic management and safety options for the dual carriageway.

"No final decision on any measures has yet been taken."