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21st Oct, 2021

Call for action to stop dangerous driving and speeding on the A456 in Hagley

CALLS have been made for traffic-calming measures on a road in Hagley where several crashes have happened over the past few months.

On Tuesday, a motorbike and red car collided on the A456, between the junctions of Stoney Lane and Broome Lane and the rider- a man in his 30s – is still in hospital having sustained life-changing injuries.

One A456 resident said: “Since October there have been several crashes, including four serious ones.

“Tuesday’s was the worst so far and something needs to be done before someone is killed.”

She added hours after the collision she saw cars dangerously over-taking other motorists, narrowly missing vehicles coming in the opposite direction.

In another an ambulance was forced to slow down as a car had crossed the carriageway and nearly collided with it.

She wants the national speed limit section to be moved further back over the brow of the hill and the 30mph stretch extended to replace the 40mph limit.

“There are two bridleways where we live so you get horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians and these dangerous incidents are occurring weekly at all times of the day.”

She said she had spoken to the police and council but nothing had been done and she was becoming increasingly frustrated with the inaction and sent in these videos of incidents of dangerous driving.

Hagley councillor Steve Colella said: “This is the latest in a long line of crashes which have become more frequent over the past 12 months.”

He said the main issue was on the stretch from Webbs to Blakedown and something needed to be done.

He added the Roads Safety Partnership had agreed to carry out more speed monitoring.

“What we really need is a permanent camera to let drivers know speeding is not acceptable there.

“We should not have to wait for something as tragic as a fatality for something to happen.”

Dave Hind, Traffic Management Advisor, West Mercia Police said the force was aware of residents’ concerns and Tuesday’s crash was being investigated by specialist officers from the Operations Patrol Unit (OPU).

“There are speed enforcement sites in Hagley and Blakedown, which are attended by our speed enforcement officers on a regular basis.

“We are liaising with colleagues from Worcestershire County Council Highways and looking at any potential work that can be done in that area.”

West Mercia Police have urged anyone who saw the crash on Tuesday or who has dash cam footage to call 101 or submit it via the website – westmercia.police.uk

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