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New traffic measures announced for Halesowen
12:50pm Friday 6th July 2012 in Local
DUDLEY Council have announced a new raft of traffic measures to be implemented in Halesowen.
Three new Safer Routes to School schemes were announced at the Halesowen Area Committee.
After years of campaigning Highfield Lane is to get a pedestrian refuge as part of the Safer Routes to School programme.
Belle Vale Councillor Bob James welcomed the prospect of a pedestrian refuge.
He said: “I’m so happy about finally getting a pedestrian refuge on Highfield Lane I want to jump on the table and dance with delight.
“It has taken years of hard work to finally get the go ahead for this refuge and it is a long time overdue.”
As well as the pedestrian refuge on Highfield Lane the speed limit will be reduced to 20mph and a drop crossing will also be built.
Stretches of Narrow Lane will also have a 20mph limit implemented as part of the Safer Routes to School scheme and anti-skid marks and zigzags could also be extended.
Halesowen North Councillor Karen Shakespeare said: “This is great news, I think that 20mph speed limits should be in force near all schools and I am delighted that Narrow Lane finally will be safer.”
Huntingtree Road has also been included in the next raft of Safer Routes to School scheme with 20mph speed limits, extended zigzags and trimming of trees and foliage. Gorsty Hill Road will also get a new puffin crossing near Station Road and traffic calming measures including anti-skid patches and warning signs will be introduced to Lyde Green and Maypole Hill.