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Call for Hardwicke road closures to halt A38 traffic

By citizenmike  |  Posted: December 30, 2013

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Sellars Road in Hardwicke

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ROAD closures should be put in place in Hardwicke at Pound Lane and Green Lane junctions with the A38 and B4008 respectively.

That’s the view of Sellars Road resident Barry Wood who says ‘huge volumes’ of traffic are using the lanes as feeder roads onto the A38 and the M5.

He said: “This is a purpose for which they are entirely unsuited and unsafe.

“This produces an environmental impact for residents in terms of their safe use and enjoyment of their roads and local amenities and the level of noise and chemical pollution suffered.”

He added that closing the link would reduce the level of traffic using the village roads ‘dramatically’.

Through traffic would use Severnvale Drive and Field Court Drive, while local traffic would still be able to access the village.

It the latest suggestion in a long-running debate for the area.

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  • cloughie99  |  December 30 2013, 2:41PM

    As a Hardiwcke resident of 30 years I think this is utter nonsense and nimbyism. Environmental impact? Not where Barry lives - lets push it somehwere else. He has helpfully suggested the traffic uses already busy routes that are close to where others live. This is an issue for the planners who have allowed extra building in the area. The obvious answer is to improve the current road infrastructre so that it is now fit for purpose. That could mean widening Green, Pound and Church Lanes where they need it (fitting average speed cameras if needed, but as Barry is aware, recent traffic surveys have proved that speed on these lanes is not an issue). It would also be helpful to have traffic light control at the junctions of Green and Pound lanes. By closing these lanes, you are restricting access to local businesses, and cutting off the Parish Church from the community it serves.

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