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19th Oct, 2021

Parish council wants residents to take note of HGVs on A435

RESIDENTS are being urged to note down the numberplates of HGVs from the Redditch Eastern Gateway driving along the A435 through Studley.

The call came as Studley parish council heard the latest on the 80-acre site which includes one massive distribution centre with loading bays for more than 140 HGVs.

“If you see an HGV going through the village with Amazon on its side or whatever just take its number and report it,” said Councillor Paul Beaman, vice chair of the parish.

Councillors were particularly concerned about the impact the increase in vehicles will have once they have gone up Rough Hill Drive, negotiated Crabbs Cross island and gone down The Slough A448.

“This will put pressure on Holt Road and Holt Gardens through to the A435 and Sambourne will also suffer,” said Coun Beaman.

Councillors also voiced concern about the increase in vans and private cars the development will bring and agreed to ask Warwickshire highways officer Ben Simms to attend a meeting to explain what impact the Eastern Gateway will have on Studley.

Meanwhile the A435 at Mappleborough Green was the scene of another car crash on Tuesday morning (August 6).

This was just three weeks after a motorcyclist was killed in an accident on the busy road.

This latest crash involved a taxi and a hatchback although neither driver was reported to be seriously injured.

A routing strategy for HGVs passing through Redditch, approved by Stratford planners, has yet to be agreed by Bromsgrove district and Redditch borough councillors.

No upgrades are expected on the chosen route for at least six years – possibly up to 2030 – and then only if county highways are successful in bidding for government money through the Major Roads Network.

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