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New speed enforcement sites launching in North Worcestershire in response to local concern - 16 June 2015

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is launching four new mobile speed enforcement sites in North Worcestershire - across Stourport and Bromsgrove - 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 or safer neighbourhood team, who then brought it to the attention of the Safer Roads Partnership and asked for action to be taken.

In Stourport, speed enforcement activity will take place in three locations: B4195 Bewdley Road, B4193 Hartlebury Road and the A4025 at Chadwick Bank. Speed data collected by the partnership highlighted a speeding problem in each of the three areas, as detailed below:

  • On the B4195 Bewdley Road, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 35.7mph and nearly 50% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
  • On the B4193 Hartlebury Road, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 39.9mph and around 75% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
  • On the A4025 at Chadwick Bank which has a 40mph posted speed limit, 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 48.5mph.

Speed enforcement in Bromsgrove will take place on the B4184 Finstall Road. Speed data collected in the area highlighted that at least 75% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph speed limit and 15% of vehicles travel above 40.9mph.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said "We are launching four new community concern sites in Stourport and Bromsgrove 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.