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Call to cone off slip road at roundabout
CALLS have been made to cone off of a slip lane on one of Worcester’s busiest traffic islands in a bid to make it safer while a more long term solution is found.
St John’s resident Lisa Ventura is leading a campaign to change the layout of the Whittington island and cone off the filter lane that leads off the roundabout onto the A4440 Crookbarrow Way towards Malvern.
It was one idea raised at a meeting of nine residents on Tuesday.
Ms Ventura first raised concerns after her car was hit from behind when she stopped at the junction while waiting to merge with traffic She suffered whiplash and witnessed two near misses when she returned to the site the following day.
“I think the idea of coning off the slip road would be the best and easiest solution for the time being. It is a simple and cost effective one.”
Other traffic calming ideas raised included placing rumble strips on the approach to the island, signs warning motorists the area is an accident blackspot and cameras to monitor the use of the roundabout.
Peter Leach, who is the chairman of Worcester and District Driving Instructors Association, said he has almost been involved in a crash at the site as there is insufficient room for cars to go round the island.
“Monitor the situation and you will ascertain how many collisions there are on there and find out what was the cause in each case.”
The £1.3 million overhaul of the road layout was completed in September last year.
However, further changes were made to the layout of the slip road by Worcestershire County Council at the beginning of October, following concerns over safety.
The work included additional signage, moving the give-way junction and changing the position of the kerb.
Jon Fraser, county council customer and community manager for highways, said: “We’ve invited Ms Ventura to send feedback from the group across to us so we’re able to give them proper consideration and respond in due course.
“We’ve been monitoring the traffic travelling through the roundabout since it opened and this will continue.”