Gyratory safety barriers re-installed after Rugby residents’ protest

Colin and Rose Bemrose of Rugby Methodist Church with County Cllr Yousef Dahmash and County Cllr Peter Butlin

Colin and Rose Bemrose of Rugby Methodist Church with County Cllr Yousef Dahmash and County Cllr Peter Butlin

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Some of the barriers along a busy stretch of road will be re-installed after residents said they feared for their safety without them.

Warwickshire County Council removed the guard railing in Russelsheim Way, Rugby, to ‘de-clutter the street’ as part of the gyratory works.

We were very concerned about safety so it’s great to see positive action has been taken

Ruth Bemrose

But members of Rugby Methodist Church and residents said they did not feel safe when walking near the ‘accident hotspot’.

As a result of the protests, the council has agreed to re-install the railing opposite the alleyway in Russelsheim Way.

Ruth Bemrose, who helps run the toddler group at the Methodist Church, said: “We are extremely grateful to all the councillors for their help and to everyone who wrote letters and emails supporting this cause. We were very concerned about safety so it’s great to see positive action has been taken.”

Cllr Yousef Dahmash, county councillor for Caldecott, said: “I am pleased that the county council has taken on board the concerns of local residents and the Methodist Church by agreeing to reinstate some of the railings near to the church entrance.

“The safety of local residents is always paramount and Cllr Butlin and I acted quickly to address the concerns of the local community and help ensure the safety of people who attend the church.”

Additional pedestrian controlled crossing points will be provided on Bilton Road, Russelsheim Way and Dunchurch Road.

Cllr Peter Butlin, responsible for transport at the county council, said: “It is important that the county council maintains our network of roads to benefit pedestrians and road users and that we de-clutter the street furniture whenever possible. However, community opinion is also very important and as this case clearly demonstrates we will take the opportunity where we can to ensure local concerns are addressed.”

The gyratory work is expected to be completed next week.