£100,000 plan to reduce accidents and improve safety for pedestrians on Wolverhampton Road.

Work is to start on a £100,000 plan to reduce accidents and improve safety for pedestrians at a busy junction in Oldbury.

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The work will see new lights with a pedestrian phase installed at the junctions of Wolverhampton Road and Titford Road.

The improvements follow 15 reported accidents in a five-year period (2010-2015) which saw 24 people hurt, including five seriously.

The work starts the week beginning Monday 14th November and will take around three months. It also includes resurfacing the footpath, new signs, work on the kerbs and adding tactile paving to help visually-impaired people cross.

Councillor David Hosell, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “This is a very important scheme to improve safety for everyone who uses this road. It’s a nasty junction and this work will particularly improve pedestrian safety.

“I would ask people to bear with us while we carry out the work. We’re hoping there won’t be too much disruption but there will be lane closures on the Wolverhampton Road while we’re making the changes so some inconvenience is unavoidable.

“Most of the works will be carried out under lane closures between the restricted hours of 9.30am to 3.30pm.

“We’ll be stopping the work for three weeks over Christmas and New Year so we don’t have roadworks interfering with the busy Christmas shopping period.”

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