A casualty reduction scheme is being designed for the High Street, Birmingham Road. The scheme has associated waiting restrictions, banned turning movements, weight limits and 20mph zone.
A Casualty Reduction and capacity improvement scheme which seeks to reduce personal injury accidents at the junction between High Street, Birmingham Road and Blythe Road within Coleshill and increase capacity by signalising the junction was approved for the Capital Programme in November 2019, to be implemented in 2022. The junction of Birmingham Road/Blythe Road/High Street features consistently on the County’s annually produced list of junctions with a poor safety record as the junction has a long-standing history of being a casualty hotspot for traffic collisions resulting in personal injury.
The scheme at the junction of Birmingham Road/Blythe Road/High Street will include banning right and left turns from every approach. This will lead to alternative routes being signed for through traffic and local destinations. As part of the scheme it is also proposed to introduce No Waiting at any Time & No Loading at any Time restrictions on the approaches to the junction. Additionally as part of the scheme it is proposed to introduce a 20mph zone in Coleshill as detailed in drawing No. TR/11374-10.
Scheme Update - November 2022
We would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the Green Man crossroads public exhibition at Coleshill Town Hall. We have received over 150 responses to the public notice, a fantastic level of engagement for a locally based scheme, and this shows great strength of feeling towards the proposals to improve safety and capacity. Thank you also for your patience in allowing us the time to carefully consider the responses and representation received to determine a way forward.
From the start, we were aware that this project will be subject to significant scrutiny from a variety of perspectives and that there is no single solution that will satisfy everyone. In general, the Coleshill community agree that measures need to be taken to improve road safety, air pollution and congestion however the difficult question is how this should be done. The responses to the consultation show that the option we presented had some but not full support from the local community.
With the long-standing history of being a casualty hotspot for traffic collisions and forecast growth directly impacting Coleshill, doing nothing is not an option. We have listened to your concerns, and we have changed the scheme accordingly. The key change to the scheme is that the left turn manoeuvre will be allowed. The revised design underwent calibration and sensitivity tests to ensure that the new layout and surrounding network will function efficiently with future capacity requirements. The proposed Traffic Regulation order (TRO) to ban right turns will remain as part of the scheme and this proposed TRO will ensure that the traffic signal junction will work safely and effectively.
Several other concerns were raised at the exhibition, and the revised scheme seeks to mitigate these. For example, the potential for increase of traffic on neighbouring roads was raised, so we have removed the left-turn ban at the junction, allowing general traffic to turn left or continue straight on from all approaches to the junction. The improved efficiency due to the traffic signals combined with the change to allow left turns offsets potential increase of traffic to neighbouring roads.
In addition, we are incorporating planned resurfacing works of High Street into the scheme, with the extents being from the Birmingham Road/Blythe Road/High Street junction to the River Cole bridge. This will combine the junction safety improvements with a proposed future structural maintenance scheme at the bridge which will cause less disruption to the local community.
This way forward has been considered carefully and extensively by officers, Coleshill Town Council and local Councillors and we believe this solution represents an appropriate balance between responding to the consultation feedback and undertaking our duty to implement necessary policies in response to tackling climate change, contributing to better safety, and enhancing journey times.
We will issue a further update about the project in early 2023
Scheme Update - January 2022
Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the Green Man crossroads public exhibition at Coleshill Town Hall. We have received over 150 responses to the public notice, a fantastic level of engagement for a locally based scheme, and this shows great strength of feeling towards the proposals to improve safety and capacity.
Many responses included detailed comments and suggestions, and we want to make sure that we have fully understood this valuable information before proceeding to the next stage.
Currently we are reviewing the proposal with respect to the movement of traffic flows. During this time the proposals shall be developed further and we will publish the preferred option at an appropriate time.
We will issue a further update about the project in Spring 2022.
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The closing date for objections and representations has now passed, however all responses will be logged and a response made in due course.