Parents of local school children have called for a pedestrian crossing to be added to Ashill Road where it meets Bristol Road South, a busy junction on school routes.

The junction has full time traffic lights with pedestrian crossings to cross Bristol Road South, but no crossing to cross Ashill Road. The junction is especially busy at peak times, and is used by many pedestrians including school children from the three schools and nursery on the nearby Colmers campus, residents of the sheltered housing on the corner of Ashill Road, customers of Morrisons and other local residents.

Childminder and mother of two, Claire Davis of Rednal said, “The main problem is crossing safely. It’s a busy junction and there’s not enough time to cross between changes in traffic direction.”

The junction is quite complex with filter systems on the traffic lights to control traffic entering Ashill Road, which is additionally confusing, especially for children. Mrs Davis added, “When crossing from the Longbridge side to Rubery side [of Ashill Road] you need to be aware of cars behind you, which it is not always easy to see and not everyone indicates. Its always worse at the time of schools leaving as there are a lot of people waiting to cross. A pelican crossing would sort it out, incorporating the already existing lights.”

Councillor Ian Cruise (Labour Longbridge) spoke to the Northfield constituency Highways Engineer, Glenn Smith, who said that a proposal for a crossing at the junction last year failed to attract funding. He confirmed, however, that a new scheme proposal is being planned at the moment which it is hoped will gain funding. With Councillor Cruise’s support, we have started a petition on Birmingham City Council’s ePetitions service which will add support the new proposal and hopefully help to secure funds.

You can sign the petition here Paper portions will also be circulating around the area. If you can, please let others know about the ePetition by giving them the link.

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