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Call for action on accident blackspot in Sedgley

By Luke Bartlett | Sedgley | News | Published:

Calls have come for both a one-way system and speed-calming measures to be brought into a village.

The junction of Vicar Street and Gospel End Road. Picture: Google

A concerned safety campaigner has proposed a two stage plan for the junction of Gospel End Street and Vicar Street in Sedgley, after witnessing the aftermath of ‘nasty collisions’.

Resident and campaigner Martin Jones wants to see a set of speed humps and a one-way system in efforts to reduce the risk of serious accidents.

Mr Jones, who has lived on Brownswall Road for around 25 years, said: “I am concerned for all my friends in The Parish Church of All Saints’ on Vicar Street.

“I have become aware of a number of quite nasty collisions over the past two to three years.

“The reason I am taking action is I do not want to sit idly by and allow the situation to continue knowing that in its present set-up there will be accidents in the future.

“I am calling for a two-stage plan to reduce the risk of serious accidents. I want to see in the short-term sets of speed humps going up Gospel End Street towards Café Cappella and in Vicar Street approaching the junction.

“I would also like to see them on the approach to the junction heading downhill in the upper part of Gospel End Street outside the church – this would increase reaction time for all users and allow braking if required.

“In the long term I want to see a one-way system around Sedgley village with The Parish Church of All Saints’ Church at its centre.

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Despite the calls Dudley Council confirmed there were no plans currently in place to carry out any extra work on the junction.

Council chiefs also said they would be evaluating the impact of the measures already in place.

Alan Lunt, strategic director for place and deputy chief executive, said: “We have recently completed works on this junction.

“There are no plans at the moment to introduce speed humps or a one-way system.

“We will be closely evaluating the impact of the measures we have introduced.”

Luke Bartlett

By Luke Bartlett
Trainee Reporter - @lbartlett_star

Trainee Express & Star reporter covering Dudley and Sandwell. Get in touch on 01902 319445 or via luke.bartlett@expressandstar.co.uk.

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