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Three new mobile speed cameras to be introduced across Herefordshire - 16 June 2015

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is launching three new mobile speed enforcement sites in Herefordshire - the A40 Weston Under Penyard, the B4362 at Shobdon and the A49 at Bridstow - in direct response to concerns raised by local residents about the speed of vehicles travelling in each area.

The new sites will launch over the next few weeks and will form part of the Safer Roads Partnership's Community Concern programme, which responds to community requests for speed enforcement. Local residents in each area raised their concerns through their local parish council, who then brought it to the attention of the partnership and asked for action to be taken.

In Weston Under Penyard, speed enforcement activity will take place on the A40. Speed data collected on the 30mph road highlighted a speeding problem with 15% of vehicles travelling above 37.5mph and over 50% of drivers exceeding the posted speed limit.

In Shobdon, speed enforcement activity will take place on the B4362. Speed data collected on the 30mph road highlighted that 15% of vehicles are travelling above 35.2mph and over 200 vehicles per day are going through the village at 38.5mph or above.

In Bridstow, speed enforcement activity will take place on the A49. Speed data collected on the 40mph road highlighted a speeding problem with 15% of vehicles travelling above 46.2mph and around 40% of traffic exceeding the speed limit.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said "We are launching three new community concern sites across Herefordshire to address the high level of concern in each of the local communities. Data collected has highlighted unacceptably high speeds and residents are understandably concerned as each of the roads are near residential areas and schools.

"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.