Device installed to cut speed in Tidbury Green - The Solihull Observer

Device installed to cut speed in Tidbury Green

Solihull Editorial 11th Jul, 2024   0

A VILLAGE blighted by speeding and accidents is calling on motorists to slow down as part of a campaign to to improve road safety.

Speed Indicator Devices have been installed across Tidbury Green after three accidents at black spot junctions along Norton Lane which has resulted in vehicles colliding into front gardens and speeds in excess of 60mph in 30mph zones.

The devices, which are operated by Tidbury Green Parish Council, have recorded vehicle speeds, with the Parish Council hoping that data collected by the devices will prove to Solihull Council and West Midlands Police that better road safety initiatives are required in the area.

Craig Fergusson, Tidbury Green Parish Councillor, said, “The speeds on our roads combined with the uneven and overgrown footpaths are a fatality waiting to happen and are putting pedestrian lives in danger.

“It feels like Tidbury Green is a forgotten area of Solihull so we have taken matters into our own hands. We have started recording speeding in order to build the case for better road safety.”

Over the next two years the speed indicator devices will be rotated around roads the village identifying speeding hot spots and telling speeding motorists to Slow Down.

Coun Fergusson said: “Despite years of campaigning we were left out of Solihull Council’s roll out of 20mph zones and we don’t see the same police presence as other areas.

“It isn’t good enough, we have a wonderful school at the heart of our community and parents deserve to walk their children safely.”

The campaign is calling for speed cameras on Norton Lane and other speed reduction measures on other roads such as speed bumps and for more police patrols with speed guns in the area.

He added: “The Speed Visors will hopefully build the case for this as we will be able to demonstrate to Solihull Council and West Midlands Police that more action is needed.

“The Speed Visors are capturing speeds done by motorists and its proving that we regularly have speeds in excess of 60mph in 30mph zones.”

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Solihull Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Infrastructure said: “We are aware of the Parish Council’s concerns about road safety and are pleased to see their commitment and support in helping raise awareness of dangers of speeding on these local roads.

“Solihull’s road network remains one of the safest in the country and both the regional and local approach is to focus resources on reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured.

“The priorities for road safety schemes for 2024/25 were approved earlier this year taking into consideration data available on road speeds, incidents, and injuries to enable us to prioritise those areas with the greatest need.

“The studies undertaken did not identify a specific location requiring intervention within the Tidbury Green parish area. This situation will be kept under review and we welcome any further evidence being shared with us.

“Given the weather that we have had this year, we would ask anyone with hedges, shrubs and trees next to the public highway to cut back any overhanging vegetation that is obstructing footways, traffic signs or reducing visibility for any road user group.

“If residents notice a particular safety issue then please go online and report it to us here.”

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