The crossroads at the junction of Thornbridge Avenue, Aldridge Road and Greenholm Road is a notorious accident blackspot (“one of the most dangerous in the area“). Birmingham City Council’s own signage warns of “13 casualties over 3 years” (see image below).
One reason for this may be the confusing lane markings as the junction is approached from Thornbridge Avenue.
There are two lanes for traffic approaching up Thornbridge Avenue, one clearly marked for turning left, the other for turning right. There are no markings for traffic proceeding straight ahead, into Greenholm Road, which thus uses either lane, and sometimes both at once, despite Greenholm Road being only single-lane.
We hope that the council will improve the markings at the junction soon — even if that’s just a short-term measure, until they make the more significant changes that are surely needed.