The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is launching a number of new mobile speed enforcement sites in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, in direct response to concerns raised about the speed of vehicles travelling in each area. In Herefordshire, new sites will be launched on the B4399 in Holme Lacey, the A417 in Stretton Grandison and the B4349 in Clehonger. In Worcestershire, new sites will be launched on Dugdale Drive in Worcester and Station Road in Honeybourne.
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.
In Herefordshire, three new speed enforcement sites will be launched in Holme Lacey, Stretton Grandison and Clehonger. Speed data collected highlighted speed compliance issues in all three areas:
- On the B4399 in Holme Lacey, 15% of drivers are travelling above 36.5mph and over half of all drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
- On the A417 in Stretton Grandison, 15% of drivers are travelling above 39.4mph and almost 70% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
- On the B4349 in Clehonger, 15% of drivers are travelling above 39.9mph and over 60% of drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
Speed enforcement activity will take place on Dugdale Drive in Warndon Villages, Worcester where the posted speed limit is 30mph. Speed data collected by the partnership highlighted a significant speed compliance problem; 15% of vehicles were found to be travelling above 36.7mph and approximately 45% of all vehicles were found to be travelling above the speed limit.
In Honeybourne, speed enforcement activity will take place on Station Road. Speed data highlighted that 15% of vehicles are travelling above 37.5mph and over half of all drivers are exceeding the 30mph posted speed limit.
Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said “We are launching these new community concern sites in Herefordshire and 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.