Birmingham City Council looking at ways to improve safety on Pershore Road after death of cyclist

Birmingham City Council says it is looking at measures to improve safety on the Pershore Road following the death of a cyclist.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash on the Pershore Road

Emergency services at the scene of the crash on the Pershore Road

Suzanna Bull died after being struck by a lorry on the junction with Edgbaston Road.

The 32-year-old had been working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of her training to become a GP.

A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council revealed work was taking place to explore options for making the road safer: “At the time of this tragic incident, a feasibility study was already under way to assess how the junction of Pershore Road and Edgbaston Road can be made more accessible to all road users and pedestrians.

“This work is currently ongoing. In the meantime, the council has also been working with partners on a wide range of activities designed to educate all road users on the importance of road safety.

“Through our Birmingham Cycle Revolution, we are committed to making Birmingham a more cycle-friendly city and, as part of this, we will be building a two-way, fully segregated cycleway along the adjacent A38 from Selly Oak to the city centre.”

 

There have been calls for changes to be made to the Pershore Road since 2015, with the council saying that a “legal challenge” had prevented plans from going forward.

Campaigner, Daniel Millward said: “For years, pedestrians and cyclists have had nowhere safe to cross at the junctions where the Priory Road meets the Pershore Road and Bristol Road.

“At the moment people are forced to dart between traffic and it is impossible for anyone mobility problems to cross the roads.”

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