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More than 1,300 sign petition calling for safety measures at 'death trap' junction

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Transport | Published:

More than 1,300 have signed a petition calling for safety measures to be installed at a "death trap" junction.

Thomas Szoros with Dudley councillor Peter Drake and Wolverhampton councillor Rupinderjit Kaur.

Thomas Szoros said the crossroads where Shaw Road meets Ettingshall Road in Spring Vale, Wolverhampton, was extremely dangerous.

And passing through the intersection – which lies between Wolverhampton and Dudley – was described as a "life or death" situation.

It has led Mr Szoros, who lives on Shaw Road, to launch the online petition calling on councillors from the two authorities to take action.

The petition has been backed by Dudley councillor Peter Drake and Wolverhampton councillor Rupinderjit Kaur.

Mr Szoros said: "There's constant accidents at the junction and the way it's laid out makes it a very dangerous route for drivers.

"There's no signs to stop or anything – there's nothing there safety wise for motorists – and it's really worrying.

"I'm glad people have signed it because I'm quite confident there will be another serious accident there."

The 27-year-old said he wasn't surprised the petition had attracted the number of signatures – due to it being an issue people are concerned about.

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He added: "Motorists aren't stopping and they carry on, straight over, and don't see cars from left or right.

"It's really causing serious accidents – if nothing is sorted out real soon there's going to be a life or death situation."

He said vehicles also come speeding down the road from Hurst Hill – citing is as another reason why it needs traffic lights.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services for Dudley Council, said: "We are aware of the community concerns and have been in discussion with colleagues from Wolverhampton City Council, which is where the junction borders.

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"A full safety assessment of the junction will be undertaken with Wolverhampton to determine the existing conditions and future actions."

A spokesman from Wolverhampton Council added: "We are aware of safety concerns at this junction, our engineers are currently developing proposals with the intention of undertaking works as soon as reasonably practicable.

"We are liaising with our colleagues at Dudley MBC to develop the most appropriate interventions."

To view the petition, visit Change.org and search 'Shaw Road Bilston'.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Senior Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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