Feeling like you’re not being heard is one of the biggest issues people have with politics at the moment. That’s why Olton campaigner Michael Carthew has been out knocking on doors across Olton, listening to your views about our area. The most raised issue so far as been road safety, particularly in regard to speeding. It’s not hard to understand why - a few weeks ago an elderly gentleman was hit on the Grange Road junction with Warwick Road and sadly passed away from his injuries.
We need urgent action from Solihull Council before we see fatalities caused by speeding. A trial scheme in Birmingham found that Average Speed Enforcement has a positive impact on speed limit compliance and speed reduction, with further benefits in reducing road traffic collisions. There is also a 'halo' effect where driver behaviour improves on neighbouring roads.
That’s why Michael has created this petition, calling on the council to conduct a comprehensive speeding review. This would involve looking into measures such as Average Speed Cameras on speeding hotspots, including Richmond Road, St. Bernards Road, Grange Road, Warwick Road and Dovehouse Lane, 20 mph speed limits for roads like Masons Way, permanent digital speed flashing devices or anything else that can be done to help solve the issue.
We want to make the case to the Conservatives running the council that they need to take proactive measures to fix the issues in Olton, rather than being reactive when things go wrong. These measures could save lives and the fines generated could be used to fund other road safety schemes across Solihull.
Together, we can make the council listen and take action.
Please sign our petition. Together, we can make the council listen and take action.
We, the undersigned, call on Solihull Council to undertake an investigation into speeding across Solihull and measures to tackle this, including:
1. Exploring the installation of average speed cameras, 20 mph speed limits, or else consulting with residents about their preferred method of traffic
calming and implementing this on affected roads.
2. Working with West Midlands Police to increase the number of speed checks on Solihull roads.