Confirmation that £250,000 could be spent on improving safety at a junction in Lichfield has been welcomed by a local councillor.

The junction at Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane. Picture: Google Streetview
The junction at Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane. Picture: Google Streetview

It comes after a motorcyclist died at the link between Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane last year.

Cllr Paul Ray, who represents the Chadsmead ward at Lichfield District Council, said he was pleased the strength of feeling among local residents had been heard.

Paul Ray

“I have had a positive response from Staffordshire County Council about the campaign to make the lethal junction at Grange Lane and Eastern Avenue safe. 

“The campaign has been stepped up since the tragic fatality of Luke Cotton at this junction in June last year and we have maintained pressure on Staffordshire County Council who are responsible for our roads.

“We have been actively supported in our campaign by county councillor Janice Silvester-Hall. I’m pleased to say that Staffordshire County Council have now committed £250,000 to fund permanent improvements at this junction.”

Cllr Paul Ray, Lichfield District Council

Cllr Ray added that traffic lights are likely to be installed at the junction, with the money set to be included in the 2022-23 budget when it is agreed by the county council in March.

If the funding is approved, it would mean the works would be carried out by March 2023 at the latest.

“This is good news and I thank Cllr Silvester-Hall for pushing this at Staffordshire County Council – but we must keep campaigning.

“This funding is still subject to approval of the county council cabinet on 16th March and then we need the works to commence as soon as possible after April 2022.

“I commit to maintaining that pressure until the works are completed and the junction is made permanently safe.”

Cllr Paul Ray, Lichfield District Council

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  1. Would constructing a roundabout there would resolve the problem ? It would certainly cut down the speeding and there seems to be plenty of room to construct it ?

  2. I agree and suggested an island before? there is loads of space and lights are not always the best option. Either way a tribute to Luke would be good ?

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