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Tenbury pedestrians’ safety comes under scrutiny
TRAFFIC engineers are to look at ways of improving pedestrian safety in Tenbury town centre.
Phil Grove, who represents Tenbury on Malvern Hills District Council, has said that action will be taken after concerns were raised about the danger to people walking near to the library.
He highlights the access road to the district and town council car parks from Teme Street that runs alongside the library as a key concern.
One of the options being considered is the installation of a speed bump to encourage motorists to drive more slowly.
Although there is an alternative pedestrian walkway on the other side of the library many people walk in the access road.
In another road safety concern town councillor Adrian Rigby has called for the A4112 that provides a short cut between the A456 and the A49 via Tenbury and Leysters to be classified as a Broad.
He believes such a move would deter heavy lorries from cutting the corner and coming through the town instead of taking the longer route via Little Hereford.
The town councillor thinks that such a move would make it less likely that satellite navigation systems would direct drivers along this route.
But Ken Pollock, who sits for Tenbury on Worcestershire County Council, said he could not see how such a move would change the situation as heavy vehicles often used B roads.
However, he thinks traffic calming that will be part of the town centre improvements planned for Tenbury next year will reduce heavy traffic.
“When the public realm work is introduced it will make this a much less attractive route for through traffic,” said Mr Pollock.
There was concern expressed that if the route through Leysters was downgraded to a B road it would then be given a lower priority for maintenance and gritting in the winter.
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