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Speed camera vans to target five Shropshire roads after complaints from residents

By Dominic Robertson | Ellesmere | Crime | Published:

Mobile speed camera vans are to be stationed in five areas of the Shropshire because of concerns over the speed of motorists.

Roads in Ellesmere, Dudleston Heath, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury, and Treflach, will all play host to the cameras after requests from people living on the routes.

The residents had raised concerns about speeding motorists on the routes through the the Safer Roads Partnership Community Concern programme.

The new sites are:

  • The A528 Grange Road in Ellesmere
  • The B5068 at Dudleston Heath
  • Wenlock Road in Bridgnorth
  • Sutton Road in Shrewsbury
  • The village of Treflach

Vans will be seen in place at the sites later this month.

Sergeant Gavin Williams said: "We are launching these new community concern sites in Shropshire to address the high level of concern in each of the local communities.

"Data collected at all of the sites has highlighted unacceptably high speeds and local people are understandably concerned as each of the roads are near residential areas and community amenities.

"We hope that the presence of a speed camera will encourage drivers to change their behaviour and drive at a lower, safer speed."

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Alice Croft, principal engineer at Shropshire Council, said: "We have been discussing ongoing concerns with the Safer Roads Partnership in relation to these sites. The new speed enforcement sites being launched within Shropshire will help to address the speeding concerns that have been raised by these individual communities.

"This will help to improve the quality of life for people living in these areas, reduce the risk of harm, and improve the safety of the roads for all those who use them."

The Safer Roads Partnership collected data on speeding ahead of the decisions over the sites, and all included had seen considerable numbers of motorists breaking the law.

Speeding data:

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On the A528, where the posted speed limit is 30mph, 15 per cent of vehicles were found to be travelling above 37.9mph and more than 50 per cent were found to be travelling above the speed limit.

On the B5068 15 per cent of vehicles were travelling above 36.7mph, and 47 per cent of all drivers were exceeding the 30 mph limit.

Monitoring on Wenlock Road, Bridgnorth, found that 15 per cent of vehicles were travelling above 35.4mph and more than 40 per cent of all drivers were exceeding the 30 mph limit.

Similar issues were found on Sutton Road, Shrewsbury, with 15 per cent of drivers travelling above 35.4mph and more than 40 per cent of drivers exceeding the 30mph limit.

Speed enforcement activity will also take place in the village of Treflach where data showed 15 per cent of drivers travelling above 38.6mph and more than 60 per cent exceeding the 30mph limit.

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