17th Sep, 2019

Another crash on the A435 as concern over Gateway development grows

THE A435 at Mappleborough Green was the site of another car crash on Tuesday morning, August 6.

Just three weeks after a motorcyclist was killed in an accident, two cars, one a taxi, collided close to the same spot just before 6am.

Neither driver appeared to be seriously injured.

“The incident happened on a sharp bend and there was a lot of debris on the road. One man was advised to go to hospital but he declined and we left the matter to the Police,” said a West Midlands ambulance Service spokesman.

The accident happened amid growing concerns over the volume of traffic using the busy road, particularly following the approval of the Redditch Eastern Gateway development either side of the A4023 Coventry Highway.

The northern half of the site has already been earmarked for a huge distribution warehouse which could generate hundreds of extra HGV and van journeys per day.

Last week Stratford district planners approved a routing strategy for the Gateway which will see the bulk of the traffic heading north towards junction 3 of the M42.

However a proportion will be routed south through the Redditch road system, making its way from the new town area up Rough Hill Drive to Crabbs Cross island and then south along the A448, past Studley to the Spernal junction with the A435 and from there through Coughton.

No upgrades are expected on the chosen route for at least six years, and then only if county highways are successful in bidding for government money through the Major Roads Network.

The Eastern Gateway developers, Stofords, say an ANPR camera system will police HGV drivers tempted to miss out the detour through Redditch and take a shortcut through Mappleborough Green and Studley to the Spernal junction.

However members of the Eastern Gateway Steering Group, made up of local residents, councillors and representatives have questioned how effective that will be in stopping traffic using the A435 south.

The Eastern Gateway A435 routing strategy has yet to be approved by Redditch borough council and Bromsgrove district council.

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