Plans for speed bumps in Wednesbury after speeding concerns
New traffic-calming measures are to be installed in Wednesbury after concerns about speeding were raised by residents.
Speed bumps and central refuges are due to be placed along Hallens Drive after local businesses and residents raised the problem of speeding with Sandwell Council.
Bosses then took up the matter with West Midlands Police.
Work is due to be completed by the end of May and residents hope it will make the busy street safer.
But some have raised concerns that the new measures will mean drivers will try and cut down other, quieter streets.
A spokesman for Sandwell Highways said: “Following discussions with the local police, work will begin the week commencing 20 May to install traffic calming on Hallens Drive in Wednesbury following concerns raised by local residents and businesses regarding speeding motorists.
“Work is expected to be completed by the end of May.”
Need for speed cameras?
Residents have reacted positively to the news, but some said they were worried that it could simply move the issue into another area – one which is more built up with the added risks of more pedestrians or children nearby.
Local man Dan Ray said: “While I agree this is a great idea it will just move the issue elsewhere into a potentially more built-up area.
“Another idea is installing average speed cameras along the Black Country Route as this is like a race track at night.”
Another concerned resident, Dean Peasley, added: “The ‘boy and girl racers’ don’t really care about speed humps and I agree it will just move the problem elsewhere, but what else can you do? The problem won’t disappear.”
A spokesman for Sandwell Council said: “We have worked closely with the police and local businesses to develop a scheme for Hallens Drive which will include speed cushions and central refuges.
“This follows concerns from residents and businesses about speeding and racing on the estate.
“Work is scheduled to start next week.”