Residents sound alarm on 'dangerous' road linking Droitwich and Worcester - The Droitwich Standard

Residents sound alarm on 'dangerous' road linking Droitwich and Worcester

Droitwich Editorial 8th Nov, 2023 Updated: 9th Nov, 2023   0

CONCERNED residents in Martin Hussingtree are calling for urgent action to improve road safety at a junction responsible for multiple accidents in recent years.

Worcestershire County Councillor Marc Bayliss joined residents at the junction of the A38 and Pershore Lane, which links Droitwich and Worcester, to address the concerns of speeding on the road.

Coun Bayliss explained the challenges to a county council highways engineer as he urges the council to consider reducing the speed limit of the road from 60mph to 40mph.

Police have reported four notable road traffic collisions at the junction in the last three years which is a cause for concern for the nearby pub, garden centre and residential properties.

Nearby homeowner, Gordon Leeming, 76, was responsible for launching the latest campaign to improve the junction’s safety after himself and another neighbours’ previous attempts – six and 10 years ago – fell on deaf ears.

After writing up a petition and visiting neighbours to ask for their signature, Gordon had overwhelming support from residents who were fed up with the problems caused by the junction.

He told the Standard: “Residents have tried for years now and we want the speed reduced. We have everybody in the village in support of the campaign.

“10 miles an hour below motorway speed limit for the road is madness.

“We have regular accidents at the junctions, some of which have caused serious injuries and even fatalities.”

Gordon also highlighted a myriad of other problems at the junction including drivers frequently ignoring the three way traffic lights, and noise and exhaust pollution.

Coun Bayliss said: “It’s clear to me that this junction needs action and we need to reduce the speed on the approaches.

“Properties in the immediate area are affected by the speeding, making it extremely difficult and dangerous to use safely.”

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: “We can confirm that engineers have visited the site this week and the statutory consultation process is currently being carried out.”

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