A CAMPAIGN for a roundabout at a notorious Pershore junction, which residents say would ease their traffic misery, has been gathering pace.

With a new estate in Pardoe Road, a new crossroads has developed with Station Road and Wyre Road - and the Worcester News reported that temporary four-way traffic lights at the junction were introduced to the area in the summer.

The long term plan is for these lights to become a permanent fixture but residents, fed up with queues of traffic and with safety concerns, are instead pushing for Worcestershire County Council's highways department to choose a roundabout for the junction.

Hundreds have joined a pressure group on Facebook and at the last meeting of Worcestershire County Council a petition was officially handed in to the authority.

At the meeting Liz Tucker, who represents Pershore on the county council, said: "It is a petition from the Station Road and Wyre Road pressure group calling for a roundabout.

"It is signed by 836 people - there is such a significant number of signatures it is being taken to the county council."

Residents have flooded the Facebook group with comments saying the crossroads is an accident waiting to happen, that the situation gets worse as more of the new properties become occupied and add to the traffic, and that motorists have reported being stuck on Station Road for more than 30 minutes at times.

Gaynor Amphlett, who set up the Facebook page and petition, said: "I've now arranged a protest gathering at the Station and Wyre Road site for Saturday, (September 30) at 10.30am, for one hour.

"This is to keep this issue at the forefront of the local authorities mind's and to show we are united in our total condemnation of light's at this junction.

"Light's are still there, causing unnecessary delays.

"We must keep up the campaign - we're going nowhere and our total opposition to the light's is getting stronger by the day as this farce continues."

Councillor Ken Pollock, cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, has previously told the Worcester News that the "detailed engineering design" for the new junction at Station Road and Wyre Road by the developer "is continuing".

"The safety and convenience of all highway users is our main priority, and we are always happy to receive the feedback and comments of local residents," he said.

"Wychavon District Council's planning committee approved the planning application that included traffic signal control and this is still considered the most appropriate form of junction control for this location."