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Driver clocked doing 78mph in 40mph zone through Shropshire village

By James Pugh | Market Drayton | News | Published:

Vehicles have been clocked travelling at up to 78mph in a 40mph zone through a village.

The speeding motorists were captured by a vehicle-activated sign on the A51 Crossways in Woore.

Figures show about 15 per cent of motorists were caught travelling past the sign in the village near Market Drayton at speeds in excess of 40mph from November 21 to Tuesday(DEC5).

Malcolm Blake, of Woore Parish Council, said it is one of the areas where concerns about speeding motorists have been expressed.

“Unfortunately, numerous vehicles continue to exceed the speed limit of 40mph with many travelling at over 60mph and some over 70mph – the highest being 78mph,” he said.

Last month, a vehicle-activated sign clocked vehicles travelling at as much as 69mph in a 30mph zone which runs past the entrance to the village school on the A51.

Figures showed about 25 per cent of motorists were caught travelling past the sign at speeds in excess of 30mph from November 7 during a two-week period.

Calls have been made for measures to be put in place to clamp down on speeding traffic in the village.

Roy Aldcroft, Shropshire councillor for Market Drayton, raised concerns about the issue following the release of the speed data. Councillor Aldcroft said: “Obviously it needs some form of revision of the traffic regulations around there. Something needs to be done to slow traffic down.”

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Councillor Aldcroft also raised concerns that traffic problems through the village would only get worse if construction traffic for HS2 – the new high-speed rail network – is allowed to go through the village.

The current proposed route would see about 500 HGVs travel from the A51 and turn onto the A525 at Woore daily.

Residents and councillors have formed an action group to fight the plans.

James Pugh

By James Pugh
@JamesP_Star

Shropshire Star Business and Farming Editor.

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