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Councillor warns plans to improve “dangerous” Lichfield junction don’t go far enough

Planned improvements to a junction in Lichfield don’t go far enough, according to a local councillor.

The junction of Grange Lane and Eastern Avenue

The junction of Grange Lane and Eastern Avenue

Residents living near the junction of Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane have campaigned for changes, leading to an agreement from Staffordshire County Council that it will be put into the schedule of work foe 2017/18.

Paul Ray

Paul Ray

But Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Ray has urged the authority to look at installing a roundabout to cut the number of incidents.

He said: “Eastern Avenue is a busy and fast road and there is real potential for a serious accident here.

“The statistics for this junction show three or four reported accidents each year and local residents report that there are also many other unreported accidents here too. This junction is also located near a school zone.

“Adding the junction to the works programme is certainly a step forward, but it seems that what will be proposed are minor improvements rather than a permanent solution, for example a roundabout.

“Such a step is needed at this dangerous junction.”

The campaign culminated in a meeting between 15 householders and representatives of the county council in September.

Local resident Robin Horton, who lives near the junction said: “The county council needs to grasp the seriousness of the problem facing people who use the junction on a daily basis.”

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  1. Toast

    8th March, 2017 at 9:21 am

    A roundabout here would be massively more practical than it ever has been at the St. Chads/Netherstowe intersection.

  2. Chris

    8th March, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Bottom of Grange Lane more dangerous imo. Very narrow and cars coming flying round the corner before realising how narrow it is and stray over into other lane.

  3. Simon Partridge

    8th March, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I’m sure anyone with any experience of the junction in question will be amazed to discover that the number of reported accidents is as low as three or four. I’ve witnessed several near-misses there myself.

    A roundabout would seem to be an eminently sensible solution. Let’s hope the county council acts decisively in favour of public safety rather than simply choosing the cheapest option.

  4. Ian Yates

    8th March, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    You’ll all then moan about the congestion caused by the road works.
    Let’s put traffic lights and roundabouts at every junction, even better traffic light controlled roundabouts at every junction. Or we could just look left, right, and make better judgements.