GEOPENBAAR: Labour-run council spent £100,000 of taxpayers money on speedbumps and huge traffic island which stops residents from turning into their drives without clipping it
A Labour-dominated council splashed £100,000 of taxpayers’ money on a series of eyesore traffic measures down a single road including a huge island that has made parking for residents a nightmare, MailOnline kan onthul.
Wolverhampton Council officials installed a series of measures including speedbumps down Dixon Street in Wolverhampton last month after concerned residents raised fears about boy racers.
The campaign had been spearheaded by Labour councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet member for children and young people.
But locals have blasted a solitary ‘random’ traffic island erected at the same time, which they claim is stopping them from turning into their driveways without clipping the base of the structure.
They have also warned that the island may be actually increasing the chances of a serious accident on Dixon Street.
MailOnline can now reveal that Wolverhampton Council spent £100,000 on the measures, including the island.
Public documents show that Labour councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet member for city environment and climate change, approved the measures after an annual review found that more crashes happened on Dixon Street than other roads in Wolverhampton.
A detailed projected budget published later confirmed that the Dixon Street measures would cost £100,000.
MailOnline has contacted Wolverhampton Council for further comment.
Angry homeowners in Wolverhampton have blasted a council’s ‘random’ decision to install a solitary traffic island in the middle of the road
Locals have slammed a huge traffic island, which they insist is making it hard for them to turn into their drives and makes an accident more likely
The traffic island was installed on Dixon Street last month along with a series of eyesore speedbumps after residents had complained to Wolverhampton Council about boy racers
A document shows that the estimated cost of the Dixon Street measures is £100,000. A detailed public budget document also shows the cost to be £100,000
Balvinder Sond says that he can no longer turn his transit van onto his driveway without clipping the edge of the traffic island – and instead has to drive down the road to U-turn
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi next to the speed bumps she campaigned for in Dixon Street
Local Balvinder Sond says that he can no longer turn his transit van onto his driveway without clipping the edge of the traffic island – and instead has to drive down the road to perform a U-turn.
‘I’ve got no problems with speed bumps but this is on a different level. It’s going to cause an accident, not stop one,’ the 46-year-old said.
‘I’ve complained to the council so many times but all they said is ‘send in an email’. Then they ignore it.
‘It cannot work out what the point of it is. It’s a long road and this part of it is wide and with good visibility. There’s not been an accident here in the 10 years I’ve lived here. It’s down the road, where there is a bend, which is a danger zone. But not this part.’
Kamaljit Caur, 37, told The Sun newspaper: ‘There are lorries that can’t get past and I’m there’s going to be an accident where a car clips the kerb and crashes. It’s causing more issues than before.’
Wolverhampton Council said the traffic calming measures were ‘designed to reduce vehicle speeds and personal injury collisions’
A Wolverhampton Council spokesperson said: ‘The road safety scheme on Dixon Street has been introduced to save lives and reduce personal injury accidents.
‘The scheme was subject to full public consultation with local residents and was designed in accordance with Department for Transport (DfT) guidance which sets out specifications for height, width and spacing along the route for effective traffic calming.
‘Due to the road being a bus route, we had to choose the type of traffic calming carefully and so used speed cushions as these provide a more comfortable journey for passengers.
‘The varying width of the carriageway on Dixon Street means that the number of speed cushions also has to vary. It is not always possible to fit a full set of cushions across the road.
‘Under such circumstances, we are able to introduce a central splitter island of appropriate width to ensure the traffic calming remains within specification. The splitter island includes ‘Keep Left’ signs which are mandatory to inform drivers that they must pass to the left side of the island. Contravention of the ‘Keep Left’ signs is a criminal offence.
‘We appreciate the splitter island will prevent a small number of residents from parking on-street directly outside their properties. Egter, there is extensive, unrestricted on-street parking in the vicinity on Dixon Street.
‘City of Wolverhampton Council’s Traffic and Road Safety will monitor the effectiveness of the scheme over the coming months.’