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New speed enforcement sites launching across Worcestershire

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is launching a number of new mobile speed enforcement sites in Worcestershire, in direct response to concerns raised about the speed of vehicles travelling in each area.

The new sites will launch this month 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.

A total of eight new speed enforcement sites will be launched across Worcestershire. These include Stourbridge Road Fairfield, Stourbridge Road Catshill, Castle Road Cookley, A422 Inkberrow, B4082 Upton Snodsbury Road Pinvin, Madresfield Road Malvern, Harvington and B4202 Clows Top. Speed data collected highlighted speed compliance issues in all eight areas:

  • On Stourbridge Road Fairfield, 15% of drivers are travelling above 36.8mph and 47% of all drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
  • On Stourbridge Road, Catshill, 15% of drivers are travelling above 38.9mph and almost 60% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph speed limit.
  • Speed enforcement activity will take place on Castle Road, Cookley. Speed data highlighted that 15% of vehicles are travelling above 37mph and over half of all drivers are exceeding the 30mph speed limit.
  • On the A422 Inkberrow, 15% of drivers are travelling above 35.4 mph and 44% of all drivers are exceeding the 30 mph speed limit.
  • On the B4082 Upton Snodsbury Road, Pinvin, 15% of drivers are travelling above 37.7 mph and 56% of all drivers are exceeding the 30 mph speed limit.
  • Similar issues were present in Madresfield Road Malvern, with 15% of drivers travelling above 35.4mph and almost 40% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph limit.
  • Speed data collected by the partnership highlighted a significant speed compliance problem in Harvington; 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 40.4mph and over 70% of all vehicles were found to be travelling above the speed limit.
  • On the B4202 Clows Top, 15% of drivers are travelling above 35.2mph and 36% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.

Sergeant Stuart Allen said: "We are launching these new community concern sites across Worcestershire 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. With a high number of vehicles travelling on each of the roads every day, and their close proximity to residential areas, they represent risk to all road users.

"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 the 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.