In the last twelve months there have been some serious road traffic accidents on the Hagley Road West near the Dog public house. The junction with Galton Road on to Hagley Road has been an accident black spot for a long time, but since the bus lane was installed the number of serious accidents has increased dramatically.
The main problem seems to arise when traffic is backed up, either from the Kings Head junction during the rush hour, or from the pedestrian crossing lights. The stationary traffic allows cars to cross from the intersection to go in to Galton Road. However, whilst the two main lanes may be stationary, the bus lane is still flowing freely, and whereas you can probably see a double-decker bus coming, taxis or motor cycles are not readily visible. This has resulted in some seriously nasty accidents, particularly in the morning rush hour.
Consequently, the Highways Department have developed a scheme which essentially closes off all movements across the junction and will mean vehicles will have to make use of the existing purpose built u-turn facility further along Hagley Road West at the junction with Balden Road.
This will require detailed working up for a Traffic Regulation Order to allow closure of the existing gap in the central reserve which will be advertised through the statutory process. This will include advertising in the local press, contacting the emergency services and erecting notices in and around the junction for people to read. In addition Highways propose to install highly visible information boards on all affected approaches to the junction, which will state the intention to close the gap and have the relevant contact information displayed for anyone to make contact/representation if they so wish.
Councillor Bob Piper said, “I have added a link to the drawings, which you can download here, (sorry about the quality, but it’s the best my limited technology could cope with) and we will also have officers making a presentation to a meeting of the Abbey Ward Neighbourhood Forum to answer any questions people may raise. We recognise this could be an inconvenience to some drivers, but given the serious nature of the accidents in the last 12 months or so, something has to be done.”