Safety fears rise at new junc­tion af­ter lat­est crash

ROUND­ABOUT IS STILL UN­DER CON­STRUC­TION

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By LAURA HART­LEY News re­porter laura.hart­ley@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

RES­I­DENTS say a crash at new junc­tion un­der con­struc­tion in Coventry was an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

A car and a taxi col­lided on Wed­nes­day where a new round­about is be­ing built at the junc­tion of Ban­ner Lane and Broad Lane.

One of the cars, a red Ford Fi­esta, was left with se­ri­ous dam­age, but no-one was se­ri­ously in­jured.

One res­i­dent said there have been many ac­ci­dents at the junc­tion since the work started.

Paul Luff, who lives in the area, said: “We had just said the night be­fore that there would be a bad ac­ci­dent. Then the next morn­ing I saw it all hap­pen.

“I do not un­der­stand why they just shut down the work. You can’t just down tools and not carry on.

“There is no other way to de­scribe it other than a joke.

“It is an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.”

Work has been go­ing on for at least six months for new drainage and gul­leys to be in­stalled, a new cy­cle path, a new high­way sur­face wa­ter stor­age area and a new round­about.

Work has now stopped, and Mr Luff said he is fed up of see­ing the work in­com­plete.

He added: “We are fed up of see­ing it and one day some­one is go­ing to get se­ri­ously hurt. “They can­not just down tools.” In Novem­ber, we re­ported that work was start­ing on the junc­tion, with work to be com­pleted in March.

A mes­sage on the Coventry City Coun­cil web­site says: “We have tem­po­rar­ily stopped work on the site while we work with Sev­ern Trent to iden­tify how best to di­vert the wa­ter main that runs un­der the site, this is a com­plex is­sue, but we want to re­as­sure you that we are work­ing hard on this.

“As soon as we are clear on the best ap­proach our team will re­turn to site to com­plete the job.

“There will be no fur­ther road clo­sures or changes – and the junc­tion will op­er­ate as it is now un­til we re­sume work.”

A spokesman for West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “We were called at 10am to a two car road traf­fic col­li­sion.

“There were no in­juries but crews were con­cerned for the over­all con­di­tion of an el­derly man. They took him to Univer­sity Hospi­tal to get checked over.

“A wo­man was also as­sessed but dis­charged at the scene.”

The roud­about un­der con­struc­tion at Ban­ner Lane and Broad Lane

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