Crash victim in call for station crossing

By Laura Payne 26/04 Updated: 26/04 10:14

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FEARS there could be a fatal accident are behind a campaign urging Solihull Council to install a pedestrian crossing outside Shirley Station.

So far around 700 residents, shoppers and traders have signed the petition which will be handed into the council by May 4.

There have been a series of accidents on Haslucks Green Road in the last few months including one where a woman was knocked down by a car after it turned right out of the station as she crossed the road at around 8am on November 14.

The woman, who does not want to be named, said she still feels stressed while waiting to cross the road which she does daily as she travels on the train to get to work.

She said she almost went under the front of the car which left her very shaken and the realisation the accident could have been a lot more serious dawned on her during the hours afterwards.

"I get very stressed when I have to cross the road and often there is a long wait until there's a gap and I can cross," she said.

"You can't see the cars as they come over the bridge and they don't slow down."

She wrote to Solihull Council in November last year about the possibility of introducing a pedestrian crossing at the site and contacted the Solihull Ratepayers Association to seek their support for her cause.

She said: "I feel Haslucks Green Road is very dangerous, especially near the station as many people cross there.

"There's a pedestrian crossing much further away down the road but that's much too far away."

Other recent accidents include a motorcyclist who was knocked from his bike while another pedestrian was also knocked down.

Trevor Eames, secretary at the association, said: "We are asking the council to look at the safety because of the recent accidents there.

"The difference between this incident and a more serious one is just the degree of the accident and a matter of time."

The campaigners are also anxious about the proposed Sainsbury's Local Store on Haslucks Green Road.

An appeal has been registered to overturn Solihull Council's decision to refuse permission for the development and the campaigners fear parking for the store could lead to more problems if planning permission is granted.

A spokesman for the council said: "We are aware of the request for a pedestrian crossing, and, as with all petitions, will forward it to the cabinet member for consideration once it has been received."

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