Chaos! - The New Birmingham Road Layout
The New Birmingham Road Layout was designed to make our roads safer - but it has just created Chaos!
Parkhall/Brookhouse Estate - The estate is being used as a rat race by drivers looking to avoid the long queues on the Birmingham Road. The new layout diverts drivers from the main road onto this residential estate increasing the chances of a potential accident involving Parkhall school children and local residents. The narrow roads in the estate are not suitable or safe to cope with the extra traffic.
Queues - Drivers are now queuing as far back as the Metro Inns in the morning adding up to 30 minutes to their journeys. Queues in the opposite direction can reach as far as Junction 7 - again causing up to 30 minute delays. Parents, carers and commuters are now finding that they are often late picking up young children from school, meeting caring commitments and arriving to work on time.
The roads are no safer - Drivers are becoming agitated and performing aggressive manoeuvres to get ahead. Drivers are ignoring road markings in both directions which could lead to serious accidents. Speeding is simply being moved to other areas of walsall as drivers attempt to make up time lost in the extended queues.
Residents urge the council to re-evaluate the layout. Other options could include average speed cameras which would still allow the traffic to flow with two lanes at a safe speed.