Pedes­trian cross­ing clo­sure on busy road sparks con­cern

Solihull News - - FAITH MATTERS - DAVID IR­WIN david. ir­win@ reach­plc. com

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

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