NEW guardrails have been installed at the entrances to a public right of way in Kingswinford to try to stop motorbike riders using it as a cut through.

Dudley Council has installed guardrails at the entrances of a footpath that links Blenheim Road to Meadowsweet Way.

Residents reported people riding motorcycles and electric scooters down the alleyway, with little regard for pedestrians.

The new guardrails will still allow access for people in wheelchairs or with pushchairs but should act as a deterrent.

Councillor Damian Corfield, cabinet member for highways and environmental services at Dudley Council, said: "We’ve responded to residents’ concerns as quickly as possible to deter people tearing through this alleyway on motorbikes and electric scooters.

"The guardrails will act as a deterrent and if anyone does go through on a motorbike or electric scooter, they will have no choice but to slow down thanks to the layout of new rails.

"There have been instances reported where motorcyclists and those on scooters have come at speed out of the entrance and directly across the pavement and onto the road. This lack of regard for others could cause a serious accident.

"I hope the nearby residents welcome the improvements we have made."

The council has also replaced around 48 metres of damaged guardrail, across 11 sites across the Dudley borough.