There has been a long history of traffic problems on School Road, mainly caused by inconsiderate, often dangerous, drivers. It now looks as if some relief may be on the way for local residents.
In November 2016, local people set up a Facebook page to begin gathering evidence to present to Birmingham City Council (BCC). The aim was to get action to protect local residents, particularly pedestrians.
The area of greatest concern is the stretch from the roundabout near Kings Heath Primary School down School Road itself. There are frequent reports of cars mounting the pavement to pass other cars, even forcing pedestrians to get out of the way. In some cases, residents report that drivers ignore the presence of small children, so keen are they to get past as fast as they can.
Comments on the group’s Facebook page detailed incidents in which
a car mounted the pavement close to a mother and child walking home from school
another child was almost hit by a car on the pavement
a four-year-old on a scooter was within a metre of a car that had mounted the pavement
a woman was walking her child home and was abused by a driver because she objected to him driving his car at her and her child
a woman pushing a baby buggy on the footpath found three cars trying to get past her on the same footpath.
With the support of Councillor Claire Spencer and Councillor Lisa Trickett, the group has been putting pressure on BCC to find a long-term solution to the problems. In January 2017, residents were told that BCC was going to undertake a formal traffic survey on School Road. In addition, money had been set aside to try to come up with a solution to the problems. This was followed in March 2017 with news that a budget of up to £40,000 had been allocated.
Now a set of proposals is being put out for consultation. They will be sent to residents of School Road while anybody else who wishes to comment will be able to do so. It is understood that, at present, the proposal is to make School Road one-way from the roundabout near Kings Heath Primary School to Blenheim Road.
Councillor Spencer will be in the area of School Road on Sunday 25 June 2017 gathering information.
The School Road Traffic Issues Facebook page can be found here