Removing Rugby gyratory barriers ‘puts lives at risk’

Councillors, residents and members of the church are calling for the safety barriers to be reinstalled

Councillors, residents and members of the church are calling for the safety barriers to be reinstalled

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The removal of several safety barriers along the Rugby gyratory system has put the lives of pensioners and children at risk, according to a councillor.

Eastlands ward councillor Neil Sandison said the removal of safety barriers could lead to more accidents along Lawrence Sheriff Street and Russelsheim Way.

Some residents and members of Rugby Methodist Church, in Russelsheim Way, told councillors they did not feel safe after Warwickshire County Council ordered the workforce to remove some of the guard railings.

“The county council should not be imposing this on the people of Rugby and should not be putting the lives of pensioners and children at risk. We are furious about this,” Cllr Sandison said.

“We want the barriers to be re-installed as there have been a number of accidents in this area. It is a concern that there are schools and sheltered accommodation nearby.

“The response we’ve had from WCC states they want to declutter the townscape and they claim the barriers could pose a risk to cyclists as they may get crushed between HGVs and the railings.

“ I have cycled in Rugby for 30 years and have seen no evidence for this,” he said.

Traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Russelsheim Way and Dunchurch Road to ensure pedestrians can cross the road.

A county council spokesman said those affected were consulted during the preliminary design period.

“Cluttered streets can be confusing for drivers and pedestrians.

“Guard railing has often been used to restrict pedestrian movements and to prevent footway parking. It is not designed to retain vehicles within the carriageway.

“It is our intention to remove the guard railing from other locations within the gyratory as part of this scheme. Guard railing will remain at key points where it is necessary to restrict pedestrian movements for road safety. reasons.”