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New speed enforcement sites launching in Shropshire: Bourton Road, Much Wenlock and A529 Hinstock - 30 August 2016

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is launching two new mobile speed enforcement sites in Shropshire, in direct response to concerns raised about the speed of vehicles travelling in each area. New sites will be launched on Bourton Road in Much Wenlock and the A529 at Hinstock.

Community Concern
The new sites will launch during September and will form part of the Safer Roads Partnership's Community Concern programme, which responds to community requests for speed enforcement in a specific area or close cluster of villages. Local residents in each area raised their concerns through their safer neighbourhood team who then brought it to the attention of the Safer Roads Partnership and asked for action to be taken.

In Much Wenlock, speed enforcement activity will take place on Bourton Road. Speed data collected by the partnership highlighted a significant speed compliance problem; 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 37.8mph and half of all drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.

Speed enforcement activity will also take place on the A529 in Hinstock, where there is also a speed compliance issue. Speed data highlighted that 15% of vehicles travel above 38.7mph and 65% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership 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 has highlighted unacceptably high speeds and local people are understandably concerned as each of the roads are near residential areas.

"We hope that the presence of a speed camera will encourage drivers to change their behaviour and drive at a lower, safer speed. This will help to improve the quality of life for people living in both areas, reduce the risk of harm, and improve the safety of the roads for all those who use them."

Speed data will be collected while the sites are in operation to assess the impact upon traffic speed and driver behaviour.