Monday, 27 April 2015

DDRA hits out at Sainsbury's traffic changes

THE Dorridge and District Residents Association (DDRA) has made “strong representations” about road changes as part of the village’s Sainsbury’s development.

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The DDRA said it has raised concerns with the project’s traffic consultants after the November store opening.

It said there was particular concern about changes near the train station, which included the removal of a traffic island.

It said: “The DDRA representatives made strong representations about the operation and safety of the road alterations near the station.

“The main issues were that the alignment of Avenue Road onto Station Approach was wrong and also that there were inadequate traffic calming and signing to keep traffic to speeds where it travelled within the design speeds of the junction.”

Yet it said: “There are elements were there was positive feedback – Station Approach onto Station Road was agreed to be a far easier junction to cope with and cyclists find that the narrowed section of road on Station Road combined with the low speed limit takes away a lot of aggression from motorists who have to accept following cyclists through the scheme.

“Given the concerns about the Poplar Road junction there was a feeling that the problems expected by residents had not emerged.”

It added: “An interesting snippet was that around 50 per cent of customers are from the Knowle area, which tends to confirm the suspicion that the poor parking in Knowle combined with the cramped Tesco store has meant that Sainsbury’s is a more attractive space to go shopping.”

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