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New traffic lights for Hagley Road after 21 hurt in five years

The traffic lights will be on Hagley Road West in Bearwood at its junction with Galton Road by Lightwoods Park and The Dog pub

Flowers were left on the Hagley Road after Rebecca McManus was killed when a car smashed into a bus stop
Flowers were left on the Hagley Road after Rebecca McManus was killed when a car smashed into a bus stop

An accident blackspot junction on a busy road on the Birmingham to Sandwell border is set to get traffic lights – after 21 people were injured in crashes over the last five years.

It is also just yards from the spot where a pedestrian standing at a bus stop was killed in June of this year by a car which ploughed into her.

Rebecca McManus, aged 21, was waiting for a bus to go into Birmingham for her friend’s hen night when the tragedy happened.

The traffic lights will be on Hagley Road West in Bearwood at its junction with Galton Road by Lightwoods Park and The Dog pub.

Sandwell Council is considering spending £75,000 installing the lights because since July 2009 there have been 17 accidents at or near the junction, five of them serious, resulting in 21 casualties.

Most of the crashes involved vehicles turning right into Galton Road from Hagley Road West and colliding with vehicles in the bus lane on the dual carriageway.

If approved, work is expected to start to install the lights later this year following a public consultation.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for highways and environment, Coun Maria Crompton, said: “We’ve looked at the accident figures for this junction over the past five years and they are among the highest in the borough.

“Several of the accidents have been very serious, so we decided on this course of action to make it safer for road users who are our prime concern.”

Rebecca, from Oldbury, who went to St Paul’s School for Girls, in Edgbaston and studied for her A-levels at King Edward’s in Stourbridge, was only back in the Midlands for the weekend and had been waiting with her friend at the bus stop.

Her friend was also seriously injured in the incident.

A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed while police continue with their inquiries.

 

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