17:53 Monday 21 January 2013

Junction changes prompt scathing online backlash

Written byBY ROB SMYTH

FURIOUS residents and drivers took to their keyboards to hit out at changes to a dangerous road junction.

The Mail’s website was flooded with comments about the junction of Spring Terrace Road and Stapenhill Road after it was revealed that controversial alterations had been completed.

The Mail revealed last week that work to realign kerbs and move ‘stop’ road markings had been finished – despite claims that the changes ‘were not enough’.

Anne Brad, of Stapenhill, angrily dismissed claims by Bernard Peters, who represents Brizlincote ward on East Staffordshire Borough Council, that the problems had now been ‘resolved’.

She told the Mail: “We have been told that the problems with this junction have finally been resolved.

“In my view, this is a load of rubbish – this junction is still as dangerous as ever due to the mirror on Stapenhill Road not being replaced.

“In my opinion, the cheapest option rather than the safest was chosen.

“How will people feel when someone is finally killed at that junction?”

Despite calls for a directional mirror at the site to be replaced after it was knocked down by a lorry, changes in road legislation has made it impossible for this to happen – much to the chagrin of motorists.

Stapenhill resident James Anderson said: “Although I am glad something has been done, I do not think that it is enough.”

Councillor Peters told the Mail: “People didn’t want anything but the mirror but a lot of work has been done to convince people that these changes are for the better.

“Now the work is complete, we have to continue to the monitor the road, as well as urging motorists to be extra careful at the junction. Motorists should combine good driving with commonsense and there should not be a problem.

“There is also another exit to the road at the top end which people can use if they are not comfortable navigating the junction.

“This is another area we are looking at as we have seen a rise in people using that area, causing potential jams.”

The work comes after a feasibility study concluded that these were the ‘best options’ for improving safety at the junction.

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