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Motorists make Birmingham ring road crossing a deathtrap, say cyclists

Cyclists have warned that lives will be lost unless action is taken against motorists who keep jumping red lights at a busy Birmingham crossing.

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Cyclists have warned that lives will be lost unless action is taken against motorists who keep jumping red lights at a busy Birmingham crossing.

Drivers are constantly going through green lights meant only for cyclists or buses and causing accidents at a crossing at Belgrave Middleway, near Central Mosque, it is claimed.

And cyclists are warning that someone could die if action is not taken to calm traffic at the junction.

Esther Boyd, from local environment group SusMO, said she spent a week in hospital and five months off work after she was hit by a car which had jumped the red lights in 1994.

Mrs Boyd, from Moseley, said: “I was cycling along Longmore Street, crossing to Gooch Street. Only bicycles, buses and taxis are allowed to pass, all other vehicles are supposed to join the dual carriageway.

“I was hit by a car and was crushed by a transit van which was going in the same direction. I was lucky to be alive. The crossing patrol warden for children who witnessed the accident gave up work because of the accident.

“That crossing should be policed as cars are jumping it quite regularly.”

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Phil O’Raw, aged 29, an admininstration assistant from Moseley, said he dreaded approaching the junction as he cycles to work five days a week.

Mr O’Raw said: “I feel anxious when I approach. Around three or four cars go through the red lights.

“I have complained to the police and they said write down the registration numbers, but you can’t if you are cycling.

“Other cyclists say the same but it’s hard to do anything.”

West Midlands Police said traffic calming measures were a matter for the council.

A Birmingham City Council spokeswoman said they would be sending someone to check the signals are working correctly but they had no powers of enforcement for people who run red lights.

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