Locals baffled by stretch of 60 bollards thats more suited to the Olympics

A bizarre string of 60 bollards outside a school that are "more suited to the Winter Olympics" has baffled Brummies and landed the council in hot water.

The posts were erected outside Meadows Primary School, along the A38 Bristol Road between Longbridge and Northfield in Birmingham around 18 months ago, but no one seems to understand why.

And despite the council putting the 164ft stretch up for safety, people actually think the 'unnecessary eyesore' could actually prove more dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.

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It was when a video of the bollards was put online that people really started voicing their discontent.

Many locals have since branded the decision a complete waste of taxpayers' cash.

Mum-of-one Jessica Grant, 38, who lives nearby, said: "They popped up out of nowhere about 18 months ago and everyone was just a bit baffled.

"We're all for traffic safety around a primary school but this just looks like a weird slalom of posts more suited to the Winter Olympics.

"A simple fence or some barriers along the side of the road would have done the job but this is surely more expensive.

"It's an absolute eyesore too and if anything could prove more dangerous for cyclists or pedestrians trying to navigate it.

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"Delivery drivers have also been unable to park up and I hear parents have had difficulties too.

"I've never seen anything like it anywhere else to be honest."

Another local, who did not wish to be named, added: "Serious questions have to be asked of the council. It's barmy. Who on earth thought this was a good idea?

"We have had problems with parking near the school but this is an unnecessary eyesore and complete overkill by the council.

"The first row nearest the road I sort of understand but the rest of them are just weird."

Councillor Mike Rouse, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Cycling infrastructure of any kind, which needs to follow strict government guidelines, is expensive and this is one of the reasons we can’t install as much as we would like as a council.

“With the New Road, we had a number of complaints about the conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on the combined New Road footway and cycleway.

“Since the scheme was installed, monitoring has revealed that the scheme has been successful and that there is now very little conflict as most pedestrians and cyclists are using the segregated lanes which is really good news for both.”

The council is having to make up for years of lost ground on active travel having lost out on more than £500,000 after two “lacklustre” bids for extra walking and cycling money fell short and a third was rejected outright.

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