Warwick road petition prompts safety improvements

By Kevin Unitt 14/06 Updated: 18/06 08:06

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Buy photos » Warwick resident Malcolm Rowson (left) handing in the petition to Coun Peter Butlin of Warwickshire County Council (centre) as ward district councillor Linda Bromley and other local residents look on. (s)

HUNDREDS have signed a petition demanding a lower speed limit and more parking restrictions along a major route into Warwick.

As we previously reported, Stratford Road has been described as increasingly dangerous, with many parked cars, and many drivers going well above the 30mph limit.

The road is particularly busy in the mornings and evenings with children going to and from nearby Aylesford School, Newburgh Primary School, and Pathways Day Nursery.

Ward councillor Linda Bromley, who helped organise a 300-signature petition handed to Warwickshire Council, explained: “Obstructions are being caused by parked cars and hazards they experience while entering and exiting their driveways. Speeding is also a great concern with traffic frequently driving dangerously while circumnavigating parked cars and greatly exceeding the 30mph speed limit.

“With a school nearby, children and parents have to contend daily with problems crossing this busy road and there have already been calls for a pedestrian crossing on this very busy road."

Residents are also calling for more double yellow lines to be introduced, as well as vehicle speed restriction measures such as flashing signs.

One campaigner, Clare Beeston, said: “The parking of cars on both sides of the Stratford Road causes severe problems. Vehicles travelling along the road ignore the speed restrictions and endeavour to push their way through.

"The other day I witnessed an ambulance trying to get down the road towards the M40 with its lights flashing but it had to stop and wait because the vehicles in front of it were unable to pull over to let it pass because of the parked cars.

“The problem is only going to get worse with the summer holidays coming up.”

Coun Peter Butlin, on behalf of the county council – which is the area's highways authority – said: “We are pleased to confirm that proposals are already in the pipeline for double yellow lines on Stratford Road, and have scheduled this to be formally advertised later this month.

“Reducing traffic speeds in residential areas remains a priority and we receive a high number of requests for features such as traffic calming or safety cameras.

"Given the level of concern about the speed of traffic raised in the petition, we have arranged for a number of temporary ‘Slow Down’ signs to be installed along the Stratford Road to remind road users of the speed limit which should go someway to addressing the problem."

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