September 29th, 2016

Temporary lights put on Lydiate Ash islands after complaints

Temporary lights put on Lydiate Ash islands after complaints Temporary lights put on Lydiate Ash islands after complaints
Updated: 11:13 am, May 07, 2015

TEMPORARY lights have been put on the Lydiate Ash island after complaints of a dangerous corner which several motorists said had caused their tyres to blow out.

The action by the Highways Agency comes a fortnight after we ran a story on our front page highlighting the issue.

Since then two more drivers have come forward claiming they had the same thing happen to them.

Claims have been made the corner in question was catching people out, in the darker hours, when they left Junction 4 of the M5, where roadworks were taking place.

One Bromsgrove woman said when it happened to her and her husband she was waiting for a tow truck when she saw it happen to a number of other cars in the space of half-an-hour. She claimed five drivers blew out ten tyres in one night.

A Highways Agency spokesman said the safety of drivers and road workers was always their top priority.

He added the layout of the junction had not been changed since 2009.

But to increase visibility further for drivers they had recently installed additional temporary tower lights.

“The temporary traffic management in use on the junction has been designed and installed in accordance with current standards and is inspected for compliance on a daily basis,” he said.

“We will continue to monitor this junction and will keep drivers updated as work progresses.”

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