Shropshire Star

Villagers' concern as car clocked at 90mph

A car was clocked travelling at 90mph through villages on a busy road.


The speeding motorist was picked up by a vehicle activated sign on the A51 in the Woore area, near Market Drayton. Several other cars have travelled past the sign at speeds in excess of 60mph – the speed limit is 40mph.

Police have pledged to carry out speed checks in the area over the coming weeks following complaints from residents. No driver has yet been prosecuted for speeding on the stretch of road.

Malcolm Blake, vice-chairman of Woore Parish Council, said the latest data still showed a large amount of people speeding on the A51.

He said: "According to the latest information from the mobile vehicle activated sign we still have numerous people doing over 60mph and worryingly one doing nearly 90mph.

"The purchase of a mobile vehicle activated sign (MVAS) in March of last year by the parish council has shown us that the main areas of concern are through Pipe Gate in both directions.

"Speeds in excess of 60 mph (in a 40 mph limit) are regularly recorded. Also entering Woore coming from Pipe Gate where the speed limit changes from 40mph to 30mph shows many drivers regularly exceeding the 30 mph limit up to and past the school.

"It is difficult to choose one particular location as we have vehicles travelling at more than twice the speed limit in all locations, it would however be difficult not to prioritise the school location.

"I think the best way to combat this is to deploy enforcement in line with the data."

Constable Mick Sturland, of West Mercia Police's safer neighbourhood team for Market Drayton, said: "We have received complaints of speeding traffic are coming in about Newcastle Road, Woore.

"I have tasked two of my special constables to visit the site with the hand held radar in the coming weeks. "

Last year a first ever rural action day was held in Woore.

Police, together with a raft of external agencies and partners, staged the day at Woore Victory Hall, on London Road.

Constable Sturland said they were now looking to put on another rural action event on in another north Shropshire village.

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