Roads Focus – road safety campaign
‘Roads Focus’, an ongoing West Mercia campaign, aims to give members of the public the ownership to share their views on the roads throughout West Mercia.
On Monday 18th November, the PCC and Worcestershire County Council will be working together again to improve road safety in the county. The campaign is coinciding with the national Road Safety Awareness Week.
Across the two weeks there will be a number of drop-in sessions, as well as driver awareness sessions. This time round, there will also be the addition of hands-on driver training sessions. These are being offered to those interested for a discounted £50, with the PCC contributing 50% of the full cost.
The plan is as follows:
Monday 18th November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, The Civic Hall, Martins Way, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 8UJ
Tuesday 19th November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, Lyppard Hub, Ankerage Green, Worcester, WR4 0DZ
Tuesday 19th November – 6pm until 8pm – Driver awareness session, Hub, Ankerage Green, Worcester, WR4 0DZ
Wednesday 20th November – 9am until 12.30pm – Driver training session, Long Lane, Throckmorton, WR10 2JH
Wednesday 20th November – 1pm until 4.30pm – Driver training session, Long Lane, Throckmorton, WR10 2JH
Thursday 21st November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, Woodrush High School, Shawhurst Lane, Hollywood, Birmingham, B47 5JW
Friday 22nd November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Rd, Malvern, WR14 3AF
Monday 25th November – 7pm until 8pm – Live Q&A session – broadcast on Facebook, details available on the West Mercia PCC account
Tuesday 26th November – 9am until 12.30pm – Driver training session, Long Lane, Throckmorton, WR10 2JH
Tuesday 26th November – 6pm until 8pm – Driver awareness session, The Hive, University of Worcester, Sawmill Close, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD
Wednesday 27th November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, The Bell pub, 1286 Evesham Rd, Astwood Bank, Redditch, B96 6AX
Thursday 28th November – 1pm until 4.30pm – Driver training session, Long Lane, Throckmorton, WR10 2JH
Friday 29th November – 5pm until 7pm – Drop-in session, Parish Council Offices, 5 Russell Square, Broadway, WR12 7AP
If you’re interested in attending the driver awareness or driver training sessions please either express your interest on Facebook or by sending an email to email@example.com. If you would like to submit a question for the live Q&A session, please also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Monday 8th to Friday 12th July, the PCC worked with Shropshire Council to deliver a week of drop-in sessions. At each drop-in session there were representatives from the PCC’s office, Shropshire Council, the local policing teams, the Safer Roads Partnership and the local councillor. Anyone wanting to raise concerns they have with roads in their area could attend – this could be anything from speeding to lack of signage.
At the end of the week, following the four drop-in sessions, a free driver awareness session was held in association with TTC and the West Mercia Police Roads Policing team. Those attending had the opportunity to become a better driver and brush-up on their driving knowledge.
The drop-in sessions were held in the following locations:
Monday 8th July – 5pm until 7pm – Mascall Centre, Ludlow
Tuesday 9th July – 3pm until 5pm – Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton
Wednesday 10th July – 2.30pm until 4.30pm – The Qube, Oswestry
Thursday 11th July – 5pm until 7pm – Castle Hall, Bridgnorth
Friday 12th July – 2pm until 4pm – Driver awareness session at the Lantern, Shrewsbury
In November 2019, The PCC and Worcestershire County Council worked together on a joint campaign to improve road safety. The campaign started on Monday 19th and ran until 23rd November to coincide with the national Road Safety Awareness Week campaign.
Across the week, a number of drop-in sessions were held to give people to the opportunity to raise concerns they had with the roads in their area. At each drop-in session there were representatives from the PCC’s office, Worcestershire County Council, the local policing team, the Safer Roads Partnership and the local councillor. The Commissioner and the Council also looked into concerns that were raised by more than 400 members of the public in an online survey that was carried out prior to the campaign launch.
At the end of the week there was a free driver awareness course held in association with TTC and the West Mercia Police Roads Policing team. Those attending had the opportunity to become a better driver and brush-up on their driving knowledge. They were tested on signs, speed limits and hazards.
The locations visited were as follows:
Monday 19th November – 4pm until 6pm – Wolverley Church Hall, Kidderminster, DY11 5TH
Tuesday 20th November – 4pm until 6pm – Bishampton Village Hall, Broad Lane, Pershore, WR10 2LY
Wednesday 21st November – 11am until 2pm – Catshill Methodist Church, Golden Cross Lane, Bromsgrove, B61 0LG
Thursday 22nd November – 11am until 12pm – Complimentary road safety awareness course (jointly run by TTC and the West Mercia Police Roads Policing team), Feckenham Village Hall, High Street, Feckenham, Redditch, B96 6HN
Friday 23rd November – 3pm until 4pm – Hanley Swan Primary School – installation of new signs to prevent speeding and dangerous parking
Following the week of action, the campaign will be on-going and will incorporate cyclical and seasonal events, as well as continuing to encourage comments and engagement from the public regarding their concerns with the roads of Worcestershire.