A WORRIED Sedgley resident has launched a personal crusade in a bid to improve an accident blackspot in the town.

Martin Jones has been driven into his mission after witnessing two serious accidents at the junction of Gospel End Street and Vicar Street.

Mr Jones said that Dudley Council's efforts to solve the problem have only made matters worse and he is now pressing council bosses to impose a two point plan which he believes would reduce the risk of accidents.

"I have observed the distressing aftermath of two serious collisions at the location and have also witnessed numerous near misses," he said.

"I am concerned for everyone I know who uses this route as it has all the potential for serious accident and possible loss of life."

He continued: "Most collisions occur when drivers fail to make their intentions clear and cars then emerge from Gospel End Street, crashing into vehicles travelling too fast uphill and around the bend.

"Measures taken by Dudley Council in early 2018 have proved ineffective. They made the junction more dangerous by laying a large mound of white tarmac directly outside Cafe Cappella.

"According to the traffic department, motorists are supposed to drive around it, but instead they swerve around the tarmac at the last moment.

"They also put in plans to alter the angle of egress from upper Gospel End Street, but this had to be abandoned after service pipes were found to underlie the junction.

"What they have done so far is cosmetic and a complete waste of money."

Mr Jones wants to see speed humps installed in an effort to increase motorists' reaction time however he is convinced that a one-way system created around Sedgley, with All Saints Church at the centre, would solve the problem once and for all.

But Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of the council, said there were no plans to introduce either of Mr Jones' suggestions.

He told the News: “We have recently completed works on this junction.

“We will be closely evaluating the impact of the measures we have introduced over the next few months, and remain confident they will help alleviate the problems there.”