September 28th, 2016

Safety fears over Hanbury Road fall on deaf ears

Updated: 10:43 am, May 07, 2015

CALLS for safety measures on a dangerous road over the last five years have fallen on deaf ears, a Hanbury man has claimed.

Allan Bourne, a member of the Hanbury Wharf Lodge Park Residents Association, told The Standard it was very disappointing no action had been taken after his and others’ pleas about the stretch on the Hanbury Road from Droitwich Rugby Club to the Eagle and Sun pub.

On approach the speed limit is 60mph but then it dramatically drops to 40mph for about three quarters of a mile.

Mr Bourne added when a speed check was done the results were taken to a meeting and it showed one car travelling 70mph but nothing could be done because legally it was not likely to stand up in court.

That is because when monitoring traffic speeds, police have to stand a certain distance inside the speed limit area.

But, the part of the road in question was too short to legally monitor the speeds of the vehicles passing through.

Mr Bourne claimed he had contacted a number of councillors and police officers as well as the Safer Roads Partnership but had got nowhere.

“Until someone gets killed or badly injured nothing will happen.

“I have lived here for nearly five years and I have had some very close misses.”

The concerns raised with West Mercia Police were highlighted by a number of residents and the parish council.

Appeals were also triggered in October, last year, after a serious road crash left three people needing hospital treatment.

A Safer Roads Partnership spokeswoman said: “We can confirm we are aware of the situation and concerns have been raised by the local community and parish council.”

Coun John Smith, who is responsible for highways, added the council had not received any formal request to amend the speed limit.

But, any amendments to speed limits would be subject to making a traffic regulation order and the legal process involved consultation with police and other interested parties before formal advertising and assessments could be done and that could take more than 12 months.

He added: “We are aware of residents’ concerns and are currently working with the Safer Roads Partnership to address the issue.”

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