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Austin welcomes review of Gornal dangerous bend

Dudley MP Ian Austin has welcomed news that Dudley Council will review a dangerous bend in Gornal.

Local Gornal resident Diane Whittaker contacted Austin to raise concerns about accidents and near misses on the bend where Church Street and Temple Street meet in Upper Gornal. She and other residents reported that cars were hitting the old stone wall outside St Peter and the English Martyrs Church as often as once a week.

A petition launched by Austin, Labour Councillors Stuart Turner and Dave Branwood and candidate Serena Craigie attracted 500 signatures in a matter of weeks.

Dudley Council has now announced a review of speed reduction measures on the bend and will consider introducing new signs, road markings and changes to kerb lines.

Ian Austin said:

“Anyone who travels down the Church Street from Five Ways to Gornal Village will know that the bend by the Catholic Church is really dangerous, especially for people who aren’t local and don’t know the road.

“I’m pleased that thanks to local residents and campaigners Dudley Council has listened to concerns and will look at making the road safer for everyone.”

Labour’s candidate for Gornal Serena Craigie said:

“I’m really grateful to Diane Whittaker and other local residents for getting in touch with us about this and backing the campaign. I hope this will lead to speed reduction measures that prevent cars from hitting the wall along the bend.”

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