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Councillors welcome new traffic calming measures on Princess Street in Burntwood

Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward

New measures to improve traffic on a Burntwood street have been welcomed.

Princess Street will now have a 20mph speed limit and additional double yellow lines will be added.

The move comes after local councillors were inundated with complaints from local residents over the past five years.

Cllr Sue Woodward said she hoped the new measures would make the area safer.

She added: “It has taken a long time to get the new scheme in place – which has been very frustrating at times – but the new restrictions are ones which the majority of residents taking part in the consultations agreed to and we hope they will make a significant difference without being too intrusive.

“It’s now up to residents to ensure that the restrictions are honoured by drivers using these streets by referring drivers flouting them to the police.”

Residents have taken part in a two year consultation with a number of traffic calming measures considered.

Cllr Eric Drinkwater

Cllr Eric Drinkwater

Cllr Eric Drinkwater explained that there was no “perfect solution” but said he hoped the new measures would improve the situation.

“The fact is that there are far more cars on these narrow residential roads than was ever thought of,” he said.

“There’s no perfect solution and, while this new scheme won’t solve all of the problems, it will go a long way towards it.

“We would urge residents to note the registration numbers of cars which exceed the speed limit or park on the double yellows and to report them to the 101 police number. Alternatively, they can contact me or Sue and we’ll follow it up.

“We can’t do the job of the police but are happy to continue the job of representing residents.”

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