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Two new speed enforcement sites to launch in South Worcestershire - 10 April 2015

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is launching two new mobile speed enforcement sites in Worcestershire - the B4211 in Hanley Castle and the A38 in Kempsey - in direct response to concerns raised by local residents about the speed of vehicles travelling in each area.

The new sites launch next week (w/c 13th April 2015) and 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 Hanley Castle, speed enforcement activity will take place on the B4211, near to the high school. Speed data collected on the 40mph road highlighted a speeding problem with 15% of vehicles travelling above 46mph and around 30 vehicles per hour travelling past the school at speeds in excess of 49mph.

Speed enforcement on the A38 in Kempsey will take place at the southern end of the village. Speed data collected in the area highlighted that over half of all drivers are exceeding the 30mph limit and 15% of vehicle travel above 35.1mph.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said "We are launching these new community concern sites in Worcestershire 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 very near to a school in Hanley Castle.

"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.