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Island markings incorrect and dangerous

Reported anonymously at 22:10, Mon 7 December 2015

Sent to Solihull Borough Council 5 minutes later

The island is marked ' left lane straight over ' ' right lane turn right ' should be

' left lane turn left ONLY ' ' right lane straight over (2 o clock ) and right.

Everyone who takes the second exit which is 2 o clock thinks it's a straight over and uses the left lane as suggested on the floor markings and it makes them cut across the island, driving across the chevrons. On several occasions I've seen near crashes when it's busy and ive had people bibbing their horn at me as if I'm in the wrong! Needs sorting ASAP before there's a crash.

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  • I've been in touch with the Council about this roundabout today. They tell me the developer of the properties that are being built nearby (off Pike Drive) that can be seen from Moorend Avenue have been responsible for recent road changes nearby and that markings are going to be looked at and changes at this island will be made. Exact wording is this:

    A local resident raised this issue recently. Hence, the developer who was responsible for installing the carriageway markings on the roundabout at Moorend Avenue/Chelmsley Road, as part of the conditions for a nearby housing development, has been instructed to correct them. It is intended to remove some centre line markings on the gyratory of the roundabout which will allow motorists to proceed straight over from the nearside lane as indicated is possible on the Chelmsley Road (eastbound) approach. I attach an extract from a drawing showing the proposal. The developer has it in hand to undertake these works.


    I hope this helps!

    Posted by Chris Williams at 12:40, Tue 8 December 2015

  • Excellent thanks.

    Hopefully my commute home tonight is fairly quiet, as I can navigate the island correctly then. When there's traffic on it, it's a nightmare as people follow their highway handbook too closely - despite the fact their lane discipline has gone 'out the window' and they have cut across the chevs fully assured that everyone else is in the wrong. Mental decision to mark the road like that. I fear for bikers to be honest.

    Posted anonymously at 15:12, Tue 8 December 2015

  • Let's hope it's done soon, otherwise raise this again or drop me an email on if issues remain. Thanks for bringing it to everyone's attention.

    Posted by Chris Williams at 16:04, Tue 8 December 2015

  • Just an update as requested (had an email) No changes as of yet to the island - that i'm aware of.

    An easy fix in my opinion would be to change the arrows approaching the island.

    Left Lane marked 'LEFT only'. Right lane marked 'Straight and Right'.

    It makes logical sense on this roundabout because the 'straight over' is a 2 o clock exit anyway, so it's not exactly a straight over.

    I know it's not the same as you're taught when learning but I've seen other islands like this and they are marked as stated above - so it can be done when common sense is more logical.


    Posted anonymously at 11:04, Tue 5 January 2016

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