Cycling club plea for Manor Way crossing amid Sandvik homes plan
A crossing could be built on a busy Halesowen road where people are putting their lives at risk climbing over central reservation barriers to get across.
Engineering firm Sandvik, based on the A456 Manor Way, is proposing the crossing, which has been backed by Halewsowen Athletics and Cycling Club.
The company is planning to sell some of its land, which could see 80 homes built, with funds being provided to improve the area.
The road has been the scene of fatal crashes and David Viner, trustee of the club, also in Manor Way, said the move was much-needed and would improve safety for members of the club where former Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish used to train.
Mr Viner said: “We’ve got the club at Manor Abbey Stadium, which has 1,000 members, and residents living on the far side of Halesowen who struggle to get across.
“It’s no secret people are climbing over the central reservation to get across.
“People do take the risk by climbing over the barrier – there’s been quite a few near misses.
“It’s nonsensical when you’ve got members of the club who have to climb into their cars to make the journey here. It’s ridiculous.
A safe crossing, a full blown crossing for pedestrians, will be of tremendous benefit for the club and the community.”
Campaigners from the club have been holding discussions over a crossing since 2013.
While Sandvik’s commitment would provide some of the cash needed for a crossing Mr Viner has also made an application to West Midlands Combined Authority for money towards it from the Better Streets fund.
He added: “Perhaps we could get this in time for the Commonwealth Games 2022.”
Sandvik’s proposals are still in the planning stages – with an application yet to be submitted to Dudley Council.
Manor Way has been labelled an accident blackspot in the past and student paramedic Gemma Smith, aged 24, from Oldbury, died after her motorbike crashed into the central reservation on the road just last month.