Safety Concerns Mount About Labour’s Plans for Blagreaves Lane End Junction

January 30, 2017 12:18 PM
Cllr Ruth Skelton, Danielle Lind and Cllr Joe Naitta at Blagreaves Lane End looking to see how a dedicated left turn lane could work 

Cllr Ruth Skelton, Danielle Lind and Cllr Joe Naitta at Blagreaves Lane End looking to see how a dedicated left turn lane could work

A number of safety concerns have been raised about Labour's plans to impose a traffic light scheme at the Blagreaves Lane / Stenson Road / Goodsmoor Road junctions.

Local people and Blagreaves Neighbourhood Board have been given advice by an independent Highway Designer that the proposals introduce extra dangers for people and vehicles. The Council has yet to show that they have done anything to lower the dangers. The Council hasn't completed a Road Safety Audit.

It has also emerged that the junctions on Stenson Road at Littleover Lane and at Sunnyhill Avenue / Wellesley Avenue are both more dangerous (have more crashes) than the Blagreaves Lane / Goodsmoor junctions.

Recently, temporary traffic lights were put up at the Blagreaves Lane / Stenson Road / Goodsmoor Road junctions. This caused long traffic queues. Under Labour, this is what the future holds. Rat-running will get worse, not only in front of the shops, but also via Maple / Sundown / Nevinson / Wellesley Avenues and via Blagreaves / Oaklands Avenues.

A real problem with the junction is the very short left-turn lane from Blagreaves Lane onto Stenson Road. If the left-turn lane was lengthened by slightly widened the bottom of Blagreaves Lane, the junction would work better. Fewer cars would rat-run across the front of the shops.

Commenting, Cllr Joe Naitta said, "We have been asking the Council to extend the left-turn lane since at least as far back as 2008. Someone has even had the cheek to say this issue has not been raised before. Fortunately we can prove we did."