RESIDENTS of Bromsgrove have hit out at the County Council Highways for creating a dangerous diversion for traffic while work is carried on Stourbridge Road.
Resident Joan Scott, of Broad Street, told The Standard she was driving through Crab Tree Lane behind the 144 bus when another bus came toward them. The oncoming bus had no choice but to mount the pavement a drive on the curb because t had no where else to go.
Joan said: “This was very dangerous because a child could have come running out of their home at the same time. It’s a mindless lack of planning for them to divert traffic, and specially double decker buses, with cars parked down both sides.”
“There should be parking restrictions on Crab Tree Lane because cars are parked top to tail all the time on both sides of the road and there’s now even more traffic and congestion.”
The area comes under the ward of Labour Coun Margaret Buxton who said: “I’ve been concerned about the difficulties of getting onto Broad Street because of the amount of traffic.
“Yes, there needs to be more planning for diversions like this – it is disruptive, however, for the time being people just need to take more care and be more considerate about where they park at the current time.”
Coun Marcus Hart, cabinet member for Highways said: “This is an essential piece of work to improve a key route into Bromsgrove. The £60,000, eight week scheme involves laying new pipework, improving the road drainage and resurfacing.
“We hope local residents can bear with us while the work is ongoing and we do accept that the diversion is not perfect. However it is the best available alternative route while the work is carried out in Stourbridge road.”