Crackdown on speeding in Norton and Madresfield

Malvern Gazette: Crackdown on speeding in Norton and Madresfield Crackdown on speeding in Norton and Madresfield

SPEEDING drivers in villages near Worcester and Malvern are to be caught out by a new set of mobile speed cameras.

Following concerns raised by residents in Norton, near Worcester, and Madresfield, near Malvern, about the speed of traffic driving through the villages, the Warwickshire and West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership will set up new mobile speed cameras next week.

The first camera will be set up in Church Lane, Norton, where seven out of 10 drivers have been recorded driving above the 30mph limit and 15 per cent about 40.5mph.

The second will be established near the church in Madresfield, where almost half of drivers have been reported exceeding the 30mph limit and 15 per cent of vehicles travel faster than 35.5mph.

The partnership’s communications manager Anna Higgins 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 schools.

“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.”

For more information visit www.srpwestmercia.org.uk.

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3:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Geoffery1966 says...

Ridiculous speed limit through Madresfield, these limits were introduced for cars 50 years ago, modern cars stop more efficiently, if there is a school on the road then fair enough but otherwise it is just a way to tax drivers.

Get out and do some proper policing and catch criminals, the Police are as good as useless around here
Ridiculous speed limit through Madresfield, these limits were introduced for cars 50 years ago, modern cars stop more efficiently, if there is a school on the road then fair enough but otherwise it is just a way to tax drivers. Get out and do some proper policing and catch criminals, the Police are as good as useless around here Geoffery1966
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8:46pm Thu 19 Jun 14

localman69 says...

I couldn't agree with you more. Speed limits are a licence to print money. It's not exceeding the speed limit that is the problem. It is the wrong speed for the wrong road conditions and the wrong weather.
I couldn't agree with you more. Speed limits are a licence to print money. It's not exceeding the speed limit that is the problem. It is the wrong speed for the wrong road conditions and the wrong weather. localman69
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3:02pm Fri 20 Jun 14

PFI Compliance says...

Totally agree with both comments above.

I believed to be able to establish new speed camera sites there needed to be a demonstrable level of serious accidents and/or fatalities......not that I would wish any of these to occur.

I agree with speed cameras by schools and think these should be live 1 hour before to 1 hour after school commences and ends. then the limit can be reset to a reasonable acceptable level.

Safety Camera partnership should be abolished and the job of road law enforcement given back to the Police who can take into account the persons vehicle condition, their driving ability, the conditions prevalent etc. The Police of course would also be available to intercept criminals, respond to emergencies and drivers/pedestrian's in distress.

The Safety Partnership, SCAMERA TAX allows to simply print off a fine and then charge for a driving course on top. - To ensure the income Worcestershire County Council continues to lower speed limits and additionally reduces perfectly good dual carriageways into single via white lining which allows further reduction of limits.

Worcestershire Highways have a lot to answer for:-

1) Abortion of a road improvement at Junction 7 (M5) / Whittington to Malvern Island with the slip road that has caused dozens of accidents.
2) Narrowing Dual Carriageway from Worcester to Kidderminster to become single file, down from 70mph to 50mph!
3) Worst of all covering A Roads in "Surface Dressing" - Spray Tar and chippings that are put over faults in road, effectively masking them until the following year. The chippings are left for weeks damaging vehicles that use the road at any speed (inc the 20mph limit). The tar gets on animals pads causing issues to the animal and getting into residents premises.........And the bit they hide from the public, these surfaces cause accidents and have lead the death of drivers including motorcyclists who slide on piles of loose gravel left months after the work is finished.!!!!!
Totally agree with both comments above. I believed to be able to establish new speed camera sites there needed to be a demonstrable level of serious accidents and/or fatalities......not that I would wish any of these to occur. I agree with speed cameras by schools and think these should be live 1 hour before to 1 hour after school commences and ends. then the limit can be reset to a reasonable acceptable level. Safety Camera partnership should be abolished and the job of road law enforcement given back to the Police who can take into account the persons vehicle condition, their driving ability, the conditions prevalent etc. The Police of course would also be available to intercept criminals, respond to emergencies and drivers/pedestrian's in distress. The Safety Partnership, SCAMERA TAX allows to simply print off a fine and then charge for a driving course on top. - To ensure the income Worcestershire County Council continues to lower speed limits and additionally reduces perfectly good dual carriageways into single via white lining which allows further reduction of limits. Worcestershire Highways have a lot to answer for:- 1) Abortion of a road improvement at Junction 7 (M5) / Whittington to Malvern Island with the slip road that has caused dozens of accidents. 2) Narrowing Dual Carriageway from Worcester to Kidderminster to become single file, down from 70mph to 50mph! 3) Worst of all covering A Roads in "Surface Dressing" - Spray Tar and chippings that are put over faults in road, effectively masking them until the following year. The chippings are left for weeks damaging vehicles that use the road at any speed (inc the 20mph limit). The tar gets on animals pads causing issues to the animal and getting into residents premises.........And the bit they hide from the public, these surfaces cause accidents and have lead the death of drivers including motorcyclists who slide on piles of loose gravel left months after the work is finished.!!!!! PFI Compliance
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