“Road works due to start on the Hagley Road” is probably not the headline most drivers want to read at the moment, given the months of delays caused by the reconfiguration of the Kings Head junction, and the seemingly endless issues with the traffic lights at the Wolverhampton Road.
But Abbey Ward councillors believe the work due to start next week on the junction with Galton Road near The Dog is something which should really be welcomed. In the last five years there have been 17 road traffic accidents at that junction, five of them serious, resulting in 21 people suffering injuries.
The accidents are often caused by people trying to cross the dual carriageway in to Galton Road and are unable to see clearly in to the bus lane when the main carriageway is congested, but also by traffic pulling out of Galton Road not realising the speed of oncoming vehicles.
Abbey Ward councillor Steve Eling said, “This work will hopefully not take too long. We know people have become frustrated over the Wolverhampton Road traffic light failures, but that lies with Birmingham's contractors Amey and there isn't much we can do but keep on nagging them. We need to get this dangerous junction with Galton Road sorted and we cannot wait any longer.”
Councillor Bob Piper added, “We would ideally like to put speed cameras on that stretch of Hagley Road to try to control this ridiculous speeds some people are driving at, but the government seem to regard speed cameras as an infringement of drivers' rights…although I cannot understand why people should think they have a right to endanger others by breaking the speed limit. At least controlled lights at this junction will mean drivers will have to stop to let traffic in and out of Galton Road safely.”