A Worcestershire politician has welcomed the scrapping of the infamous Whittington island slip-road after more than 700 motorists petitioned for its removal.
West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver, who lives in Worcester, said the £1.3 million left-turn off the M5 was a “ridiculous design” which forced drivers to crane their necks sharply to the right to see oncoming traffic.
He said: “There were a number of car shunts following its opening in 2012 and finally the council gave it an anti-skid surface to helping vehicles break quicker and painted it yellow to make it more obvious.
“But motorists still hated using it – and I was always most mindful of motorcycles and bicycles.
“It was a complete waste of money, with a total lack of forethought going into the highway planning.
“I welcome the re-designed left turn which is part of the £42 million dualling of the link road, due to completed in 2019.
“I can only hope that it does its job successfully and eases traffic congestion without creating hazards or moving bottlenecks. We don’t need any more expensive lessons.”