September 28th, 2016

Residents hit out at M5 diversions for ‘snarling up’ Bromsgrove’s roads

Residents hit out at M5 diversions for ‘snarling up’ Bromsgrove’s roads Residents hit out at M5 diversions for ‘snarling up’ Bromsgrove’s roads
Updated: 11:10 pm, May 19, 2016

RESIDENTS have hit out at the routes chosen by Highways England to divert traffic through Bromsgrove whilst work is being carried out on the M5.

One man from Stoke Heath said it was ridiculous that the B4091, old Worcester Road, was being used as an alternative route for motorists using both the north and southbound carriageways.

“The B4091 is a local road, and becomes particularly busy at school times and morning and evening rush hours, and I would have thought that it was inadequate to take the volume of motorway traffic, even at night.

“Even when diverting along the A38 previously, it was difficult to access the A38 from local roads at night because of the heavy volume of motorway diverted traffic.”

The Bromsgrove Forum for Older People has also brought up the matter, along with other town traffic issues, in a letter sent to MP Sajid Javid which can be seen on this week’s letters page.

A Highways England spokesperson said: “Highways England works alongside its local partners to provide agreed diversion routes aimed at minimising disruption to residents and to keep traffic flowing freely.

“We currently use the A38 as the strategic diversion route for any full overnight closures while work takes place on the M5, and would always encourage motorists to follow the agreed diversions that are in place.

“Highways England is not advising motorists to use the B4091 but we would like to thank local residents for their patience as the improvement work on the M5 takes place.”

* WHAT do you think? Are the routes chosen by Highways England snarling up Bromsgrove Town Centre? What do you think should be done generally about traffic problems in the town? E-mail with your views.