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Have Cars Got Wider or Parking Spaces Got Narrower?

  Have Cars Got Wider or Parking Spaces Got Narrower?   In 2018, consumer group Which? revealed that a whopping 129 car models are too long to fit in a parking space. But are cars really getting bigger?   Are cars getting bigger?   Yes – cars are bigger on average now than they were 50 years ago. The first Mini was made in 1959 – 60 years ago this year – and was famous for its compact size. But…

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M42 Junction 3 / A435 Improvements

M42 junction 3, A435 improvements. May 2019 The Highways Agency is planning to work on the M42 at Junction 3, Portway/Redditch to ease the congestion at peak times. To do this they will be installing a dedicated lane on the M42 westbound onto the A435 southbound. They will also be widening the slip roads and adding a lane sections of the roundabout itself. Why and what are the benefits? The Highways Agency have identified that junction 3 of the M42…

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Another road incident at Church Hill Centre

Is a rethink or a redesign needed with the road layout at Church Hill Centre? The Junction with Tanhouse Lane, Church Hill Way and Melbury Way? There was another incident in Church Hill Centre on October 15th at around 8am. Several people received injuries in a traffic collision. As Church Hill Blog understands from Worcestershire County Council, they are waiting for West Mercia Police to report the circumstances of the matter to them as the transport authority before any conclusions…

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Could incident mean its time for a junction rethink?

There was another incident in Church Hill Centre on October 15th. It happened at the junction with Tanhouse Lane, Church Hill Way and Melbury Way. Several people received injuries in a traffic collision. Traffic coming from either direction, Tanhouse Lane or Melbury Way isn’t required to stop to allowed pedestrians to cross from the Centre site to the car park and visa versa as the point pedestrians use to cross is not an official recognised crossing point. We have seen…

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Worcestershire Highways Gritting

After seeing Worcestershire Highways Director John Fraser on the BBC News over the weekend with that lovely big pile of grit behind him, telling the BBC reporter that he’s never had this much gritting salt ever before. We thought we get in touch with him and see if Redditch got any road clearance or any of this grit, as some roads are reported as untreated and impassable. We are expecting usual talk of primary roads being put first, absolutely, we…

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The A441 Traffic Saga

  There have been traffic problems on the A441 Alvechurch Highway/Birmingham Road ever since the go-ahead was given for house building.   According to the Agent Gallagher "As part of a joint venture with a national house builder, planning permission was secured for 200 new homes along with B1 office space and open space.   The open space is situated to the north of Weights Lane and incorporates a flood attenuation pond as part of the sustainable drainage strategy for…

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Town Centre ‘Make Over’

The town centre is going to have £880,000 worth of 'improvements' beginning in March reports The Standard. £530,000 from Worcestershire County Council and £350,000 from Redditch Borough Council.To 'improve' roads and foot ways, drainage, street furniture, signage, planters, and street lights. There's nothing really wrong with all this. One wonders where this sudden windfall has come from? We can't spend money on the Hospital, or home some of the Towns homeless people living in tents on the Ring Road. But…

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The Green Cross Code 2016 Style

Do todays kids no longer get taught The Green Cross Code? You know, how to cross a road... Who remembers, Stop, Look, Listen and Think... The public information films of the 70's and 80;s with David Prowse dressed in a distinctive green and white superhero suit accompanied by a robot known as Droid. The ‘Green Cross Code Man’ series was a part of a wider campaign to raise awareness of the Green Cross Code. Introduced in 1971, the Code procedure…

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Winter Dark Nights and Bikers

Now that Autumn / Winter is upon us and the days are shorter and nights longer, please someone explain to me why people dress in all black while walking or cycling ? Are they asking to get hit or wanting to get hit? So many people wear dark clothing making it next to impossible to see them at night. It may be a drivers responsibility to see people who are wearing dark clothing but why don't people wear light coloured…

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