Learning more about congestion in Cotteridge

Councillor Mary Locke (second from left) standing with volunteers from Bournville Labour Party on Ashmore Road in Cotteridge

Councillor Mary Locke and our team of volunteers had another positive session today in Cotteridge as we continued our traffic congestion survey.

Speaking to residents on Ashmore Road and Midland Road

Congestion is not a new issue for people living in or nearby Cottteridge – Councillor Mary Locke launched the campaign after hearing the issue being regularly raised on the doorstep.

Today we spoke to residents on Ashmore Road and Midland Road about how they find traffic congestion and what changes they’d like to see to improve the situation. We also met some lovely cats, too.

Councillor Mary Locke with clipboard on Midland Road in Cotteridge

Councillor Mary Locke with clipboard on Midland Road in Cotteridge

Building up a picture of congestion in Cotteridge

Row of cars crawling along the Middlton Road towards a the Cotteridge roundabouts. Visible to the left is a road sign showing the two roundabouts.
Morning traffic along Middleton Hall Road towards the Cotteridge roundabouts

By going out and talking to residents we’re starting to build up a more detailed picture of what’s really going on in Cotteridge and what we might be able to do to tackle congestion.

White cat with tabby splodges sits on pavement in Cotteridge looking to the left
A cat surveys the state of traffic on Ashmore Road in Cotteridge

It’s still early days (today was only our second session) but here are some of the things we’ve picked up so far about congestion in Cotteridge:

  • Changes to the layout of the two roundabouts by Middleton Hall Road and Pershore Road are felt to have created extra bottlenecks.
  • People have questioned whether the timings of traffic lights are adding to the problem.
  • Congestion on the main routes through Cotteridge is a problem for people who along the side roads, with drivers using side roads for shortcuts.
  • People feel the cost of public transport, particularly buses, discourages them from choosing alternatives to travelling by car.

Finding ways to improve congestion

We’ll be continuing to speak to more people about congestion over the coming weeks. Once we’ve gathered people’s views, Mary will then bring our findings to the attention of Birmingham City Council and work with them to try to find ways to tackle congestion in Cotteridge.

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