Pedestrian crossing closure on busy road sparks concern
A PEDESTRIAN crossing on a busy road into Solihull town centre will be closed until Monday, June 18.
The crossing on Blossomfield Road, just down from the railway bridge, is out of action because of the ongoing work on the Town Centre Approach scheme.
The project has required various sections of road and pavement to be closed off since work got underway in February.
Concerns have been raised that removing access to the traffic lights will require those on foot to complete a lengthy diversion.
In a statement, Solihull Council said: “If you are travelling from the train station then you will need to access the town centre via Streetsbrook Road.
“We recognise that this is a little longer than usual, but this is so that you cross at safe controlled crossing points.”
The local authority has said that those likely to struggle with the extra distance can collect a pre- paid Swift ‘ Pay As You Go’ card from the train station during ticket office opening hours. This will allow use of any National Express bus which is heading into the town centre and also covers a journey back to the station.
The Town Centre Approach scheme is designed to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Solihull Station and the town centre.
Work started on Solihull’s Town Centre Approach scheme back in February