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New speed enforcement sites: Waterloo Street, Telford and Maesbury, Shropshire - 8 June 2016

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is launching two new mobile speed enforcement sites in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin in direct response to concerns raised about the speed of vehicles travelling in each area.

Community Concern
 
The new sites in Waterloo Street, Ironbridge, Telford and Maesbury / Maesbury March / Trefonen in Shropshire will launch next week (w/c 13th June) 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 who then brought it to the attention of the Safer Roads Partnership and asked for action to be taken.

In Telford, speed enforcement activity will take place on Waterloo Street, Ironbridge. Speed data collected by the partnership highlighted a significant speed compliance problem; 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 39.7mph and almost 70% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.

A community concern cluster site is being launched in Maesbury, Maesbury Marsh and Trefonen as speed data highlighted poor speed compliance in each of the three areas which are in close proximity to each other:

  • In Maesbury, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 40.9mph and over 60% of drivers were exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
  • In Maesbury Marsh, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 37.8mph and over half of all drivers were exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
  • In Trefonen, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 36.5mph and over 40% of drivers were 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 and Telford & Wrekin 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 or highly populated 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.