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Meeting to be held to discuss road safety issues in Hagley

Tristan Harris 17th Feb, 2022 Updated: 17th Feb, 2022

A MEETING is set to be held to discuss road safety issues in Hagley.

The discussion is in response to a community road safety working group set up by Hagley Parish Council last year.

Concerns had also been voiced by residents and Coun Steve Colella about speeding and limits in the village on several roads and in particular the A491.

Speed calming measures and better warning signs have been called for following numerous crashes over the last few years.

Recently there have been collisions on the A491 at the junction with Western Road and another between the A491 and A456.

During two speed monitoring operations in 2020, police clocked 29 drivers breaching the limit, including two over 100mph and one at 90mph.

The meeting – planned for the near future – will see Insp Lee Page from West Mercia Police meet with members of the parish council, including Coun Colella, Coun Suhayla Lawson and Coun David Lawson and Worcestershire County Councillor Karen May.

Coun Colella welcomed the news and said: “While it is disappointing that members of the community road safety group will be unable to be at the meeting, they can pass on their concerns and we as councillors can raise them on their behalf and report back afterwards.”

Coun S Lawson said: “The working group was set up to get more residents involved and so they could voice their concerns and it has done that really well.

“We are delighted this meeting is being held – it is a positive step towards improving road safety throughout the village.”

Coun May said: “I think it’s a really good opportunity to sit down with our partner agencies and make them aware of the issues.

“We need a complete plan for all the roads in the village.

“I welcome this chance for everyone to get together and it will be of great benefit to our residents.”

On previous calls for the speed limit to be reduced, a Worcestershire County Council spokesperson said: “Our traffic and safety engineers have been discussing residents’ concerns regarding speed and road incidents along the A491 in Hagley, with our police colleagues, who enforce speed limits.

“The current consensus on this road is that the existing 60mph limit is suitable for the nature of the road as a dual carriageway strategic route.

“Speed limits are set for the majority and many thousands of drivers negotiate this length of road each day without incident.

“We have proposals in hand to install new signs intended to address these issues.”

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