TRAFFIC lights will be put up at a busy Bromsgrove junction where a serious crash took place at the weekend.
Worcestershire County Council confirmed the signals will be installed later in the year where the Kidderminster Road meets Perryfields Road.
A Suzuki motorbike and Ford Focus collided at 5.10pm on Saturday (May 23) and the rider, a 30-year-old man, sustained a serious chest injury in the incident.
He was treated at the scene and given help with his breathing before being taken to the region’s Major Trauma Unit at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he received further treatment and remains in a stable condition.
Luckily, his injuries are not thought to be life threatening, but The Standard was inundated on its Facebook page with messages from other residents relaying their own experiences at the junction and demanding something be done before someone is killed.
One resident, Shenade Smith, said: “That junction is absolutely awful, so dangerous and has been for years – it needs traffic lights or something to manage the traffic better!”
Andy Boroughs stated: “I’ve been living down the road from there now for almost 20 years and I’ve lost count of the amount of accidents there have been there.
“What will it take for the council to take notice and do something about it, a death or two!”
Nicola Wyre added: “I was two cars behind when this happened! This kind of thing happens too often at this junction, it needs traffic lights ASAP.”
And Sarah Horton posted: “I suffered a nasty injury from being a passenger in a car crash here and always wished they would put lights on this junction.
“The council didn’t really say or do much – it’s deadly here, I hope the motorbike guy is OK.”
We contacted the county council and passed on the comments we received.
John Smith, the authority’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, told us: “As part of our commitment to improving highways across the county, we will be introducing traffic lights at the Kidderminster Road and Perryfields Road junction.
“This will form part of development work to improve safety and traffic flow from the 158 affordable homes which are being constructed in Bromsgrove, between Perryfields Road and King George Close in Sidemoor.”
West Mercia Police are urging anyone who witnessed the crash on Saturday or anyone who has any information to call PC 235 Paul Bosley on 101.
The motorbike was travelling from Bromsgrove towards Kidderminster and police are eager to hear from those in a vehicle travelling in front before the collision as it is believed they may have vital information to help police piece together what happened.