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11th Aug, 2022

Call for speed calming measures as residents meet with local MP

Ross Crawford 20th Feb, 2022

SAQIB Bhatti MP met with residents of Friday Lane recently following the tragic death of cyclist Jacqui Witham on the road.

Residents told the MP for Meriden they were concerned that the road’s 50mph speed limit increased the risk of further accidents and fatalities.

They highlighted the road is becoming increasingly residential, with new housing estates and drives.

With this they told Mr Bhatti it had become increasingly evident that to ensure the safety of both residents and road users, speed calming measures needed to be introduced.

They also said that, due to overgrown hedges and drains that lower the road surface, cyclists and often other road users have to move to a more central position of the carriageway to avoid them, again increasing the risks.

Mr Bhatti said: “My heart goes out to Jacqui’s family, who have suffered an immense loss.

“From the outpouring of messages, it is clear she was much loved and brightened the lives of so many.

“It is important that lessons are learnt from this, and action is taken to prevent another tragic accident.

“That is why I have contacted Solihull Council about Friday Lane and the concerns residents raised with me, so we can work together to look at speed calming measures along the road.

“The reduction in the speed limit from 50mph to 40mph along with the introduction of radar speed signs are two important measures that I believe should be introduced to help reduce the risk, especially as this road is now being used as a diversion due to the closure of Solihull Road.

“I will continue to work with the council to ensure the road is safe for everyone – drivers, cyclists, and residents alike.”

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