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New speed enforcement sites launching in Shropshire - 2 August 2016

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is launching a number of 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 the A528 Harmer Hill, Annscroft and Hook-a-Gate, and Myddle and Bomere Heath.

Community Concern
 
The new sites will launch next week (w/c 8thAugust) 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 local parish council or safer neighbourhood team who then brought it to the attention of the Safer Roads Partnership and asked for action to be taken.

In Harmer Hill, speed enforcement activity will take place on the A528. Speed data collected by the partnership highlighted a significant speed compliance problem; 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 41mph and at least 70% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.

Speed enforcement activity will also be introduced in the villages of Annscroft, Hook-a-Gate, Myddle and Bomere Heath, as speed data has highlighted poor speed compliance in each of the four areas. Enforcement activity will take place alongside existing sites which are in close proximity.

  • In Annscroft, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 38.8mph and approximately half of all drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
  • In Hook-a-Gate, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 36mph and nearly a third of all drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
  • In Myddle, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 36.5mph and over 40% of all drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
  • In Bomere Heath, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 36.7mph and over half of all 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.