Accident fears over high-speed racers on Sutton Coldfield road

A Sutton Coldfield councillor is calling for action over speeding motorists on a stretch of road.

Councillor Ewen Mackey
Councillor Ewen Mackey

Councillor Ewen Mackey says a number of residents of Lindridge Road have voiced fears over high-speed driving.

And councillor Mackey says action needs to be taken before a serious accident takes place.

"There is a country feel about that road and sometimes cars drive faster there than you would want them to

"It is a concern and heaven forbid if they hit anyone. It would be a disaster.

"There also concerns over some form of street racing that seems to go on from time to time.

"Some of these cars, the noises that you hear of a night – I have heard myself – they are being driven at high speed, highly revved.

"It's not for the faint hearted the way some of the cars are. They sound like they are screaming."

Councillor Mackey has taken some action himself.

He added: "I used some of my ward budget to put speed roundels in the road and put a speed matrix sign there.

"I think I have done everything I can do as a councillor to reduce speed but I do think it needs police action

"We have had some community speed watches there but maybe we need the police.

"The potential for points on licences would stop it."

At a Sutton Trinity and Roughley Ward meeting, sergeant Heather Jones said she would look into the concerns.

"We have an operation Hercules to target high speed racers," she added. "There's work on going with that, with drones to gather evidence."

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