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The biggest problem is Chesterway traffic being in the wrong lane
3:01pm Friday 27th July 2012 in Letters
REGARDING the alterations to the one way system reported in the Guardian, July 11, where Chesterway crosses London Road, and the council proposing three lanes of traffic to improve traffic flow. I believe the biggest problem is Chesterway traffic being in the wrong lane.
That is traffic which wants to go straight on, but is incorrectly in the left hand lane which is left turn only.
Drivers glimpse up to see the green filter light, not realising that the lights for straight on are on red, they just swerve over and carry on causing near misses or accidents.
I know this from bitter experience.
On Sunday, July 1, my wife and I were the victims of a traffic accident at this junction because of this very same problem.
We travelled down London Road, waited for the lights to change to green, and proceeded across towards the Bull Ring only to be ‘T’ boned by a car from the right on Chesterway.
My wife has injured her neck and shoulder, and we are still waiting to see if our car is a write off. The police who attended said that we were only the latest in a series of identical accidents at this junction.
Surely the answer to this problem is to scrap the filter light, the small if any wait for traffic turning left would surely be better than the constant stream of accidents that are happening?
I would also be grateful if the people who witnessed our accident could please contact me. There were plenty of people who stopped to ask if we were all right, but unfortunately no-one left their contact details.