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Speed enforcement in operation on M5 in Worcestershire - 23 February 2016

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is advising all motorists travelling along the M5 to take extra care while roadworks are in operation between junctions 4a and 5 in Worcestershire and to observe the temporary 50mph speed limit which is being enforced by average speed cameras.

Roadworks are in place in both directions while this section is upgraded to a smart motorway*. To slow traffic down and keep road workers and motorists safe, a temporary 50mph speed limit is in operation.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership, said: "Speed enforcement on this stretch of the M5 is necessary while roadworks are taking place. Our main concern and the reason why we are undertaking enforcement is to ensure that both motorists and road workers are kept safe. Enforcement is taking place 24 hours a day by average speed cameras. We are therefore urging all motorists to exercise caution as they travel through the area and comply with the speed limit, which is clearly marked."

Janice Allen, Project Manager for Highways England, added: "Safety on the road netw­­­ork is of paramount importance to Highways England. Safety cameras are used to help minimise the risk faced by road workers - who are often working in difficult conditions next to live traffic, whilst also protecting our customers travelling though those areas on the motorway, as the layout of the road may be temporarily altered to facilitate the works. ­­

"We realise that roadworks can frustrate road users and we would urge drivers to allow extra time for their journeys, so they can pass through the section safely."

For further information about the work and closures please visit the Highways England project website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/m5-junctions-4a-to-6/

* This smart motorway creates extra road capacity by converting the hard shoulder into a running lane. Using technology, Highways England can monitor the traffic flow and vary mandatory speed limits to keep traffic moving smoothly.