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Speed enforcement in operation on M54 in Shropshire - 13 February 2015

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is advising all motorists travelling along the M54 in Shropshire to take extra care while essential roadworks are carried out between junctions 3 and 5 and to observe the temporary 40mph and 50mph speed limits which are being enforced by average speed cameras.

Roadworks are in place between junctions 3 and 5 of the M54 until May 2015, resulting in narrow lanes and various closures of the carriageway and slip roads. Temporary speed limits are in place in both directions; 40mph westbound (towards Shrewsbury) and 50mph eastbound (towards Birmingham) which are being enforced by average speed cameras.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said "Speed enforcement on this stretch of the M54 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 limits, which are clearly marked."

The Highways Agency re-emphasised the importance of adhering to the speed limits. Since the start of 2015, one road worker has been killed, three have been seriously injured and three have been slightly injured. In addition, there are many near misses, with members of the public driving through coned off areas or colliding with works vehicles.

Wayne Norris, who leads on road worker safety in the Midlands for the Highways Agency, said: "We are committed to eliminating all fatalities, serious injuries and long-term ill health to road workers maintaining our roads. Road workers do a difficult and dangerous job carrying out vital work to keep our roads safe and well maintained. But they face danger every day while working close to fast moving traffic, in all weather conditions and often at night.

"Speed limits, cones and narrow lanes are there to keep road users safe, as well as provide a safe area for workers - often enabling us to keep roads open while essential work takes place. We realise roadworks can be frustrating but we would urge everyone to question whether it is worth risking people's lives to save a few minutes on their journey."