Petition over A45 congestion - The Solihull Observer

Petition over A45 congestion

Solihull Editorial 25th Oct, 2019 Updated: 25th Oct, 2019   0

SOLIHULL Liberal Democrats have called on Birmingham City Council to end ‘untenable’ traffic jams on A45 Coventry Road.

They have started a petition which has more than 200 signatures already.

The campaigners are targeting the traffic lights at the A45/Coventry Road Wheatsheaf Junction, pushing for changes to the lights sequence.

Laura McCarthy, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Meriden, said: “The Coventry Road lights issue is having a huge impact on people living, working, or visiting around the area and action needs to be taken.”

A petition from the Solihull Liberal Democrats read: ‘The Coventry Road Wheatsheaf junction has historically been a busy area, but the traffic light sequencing only allows a few cars out at a time from Sheaf Lane and the B425 Hobs Moat Road.

‘This causes traffic to backing up along the Coventry Road in both directions throughout the day.

‘The recent opening of the new Sheldon retail development has highlighted further issues with traffic light sequencing as cars struggle to leave the car park – sometimes waiting up to 40 minutes to enter the Coventry Road.

‘These traffic jams are now spilling into neighbouring streets as drivers attempt to avoid the chaos.

‘Further along the road towards the Hatchford Brook Golf Course, the light sequencing does not allow enough time for cars turning on to the A45 Coventry Road from Elmdon to filter in, causing traffic to back up along Glencroft Road and Valley Road.

‘In the direction of Birmingham, the light sequencing encourages cars down Melton Avenue, Harvard Road, Lyndon Road, and Barn Lane, to name a few.’


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