15th Dec, 2018

Average speed cameras plan to put brakes on traffic through Studley

Ross Crawford 22nd Nov, 2018

AVERAGE speed cameras could be installed along the A435 through Studley due to the high number of collisions.

The news was revealed by local County Councillor Clive Rickhards who has been campaigning with the Studley Traffic Action Group over the volume and speed of traffic along the busy A-road.

A sum of £5million has been allocated for road safety measures in the Warwickshire County Council Capital Investment Fund and the busy road is one of eight projects earmarked for money.

And Coun Rickhards (Lib Dem, Studley) revealed that it was not so much the volume of traffic that has swayed county chiefs but the number of collisions and casualties.

“I’ve been told it’s the main criteria for introducing average speed cameras and they are acknowledging the casualty rate is such that it will justify the cameras,” he said.

The stretch of road being covered would be from Kings Coughton to north of the Barley Mow island, possibly at the bridge over the River Arrow.

Coun Rickhards added that the A435 could be in line for further investment through the Major Routes Network programme.

“A number of A-roads will be considered for funding and the A435 will be one of those and it is highly likely it will get a share of the money,” he said.

He added average speed cameras were a recognised form of accident prevention and that part of the process would include looking at speed limits on the approach to the village from the south.

“You go from 40mph to 50mph and then 30mph and the aim would be to get some consistency in these,” he said.

“One of the findings of the Studley Traffic Action Group is that as soon as drivers pass the speed camera at the entrance to the village many immediately speed up again.

“Average speed cameras will be able to even this out and the consistency should be fairer for drivers too.”

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