Council calls for wider road safety support
Telford & Wrekin Council has written to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to welcome funding for speed cameras along a busy ‘A’ road whilst highlighting the need for wider investment into safety measures in the borough.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement and Transport, Councillor Richard Overton (Lab) said: “As a council we are on the side of residents and continue to invest in improving road safety for all road users across the borough.
“Speed cameras will be a welcome addition to the busy and dangerous A41 that passes through the borough but there is still much more to be done in across the town and this investment is the tip of the iceberg.
“We urge the commissioner to note and offer further funding to support the extensive work being carried out at the heart of communities by the council’s highways & road safety team. The council is committed to make our roads safer and the significant investments that continue such as safer routes to school and 20mph zones are a clear demonstration of our commitment.
“We welcome the investment not only into the A41 and would be in support of additional investment directly into borough wide improvements.”
Telford & Wrekin Council has delivered 45 advisory 20mph schemes, the majority of these in the past five years and two more planned in the next 12 months, road safety schemes for schools along with 17 20mph zones and further plans for Brookside, Leegomery, Sutton Hill and Woodside. This work complements our investment into rural road safety that has seen £3.5m invested in the last four years with a further £1.2m planned for the A41 this coming year.
In response, PCC John Campion advised that a total of £900,000 is being invested across West Mercia with the main focus including £400,000 for the latest technology in average speed camera schemes, £150,000 to tackle inappropriate speed and driver behaviour and the rest will increase West Mercia Police’s Road Safety team by 11.5 full-time officers.
Councillor Overton said: “We’re obviously disappointed to hear we will not be receiving specific funding but would hope that residents feel the impact of the measures being implemented more widely and will continue to invest in safety measures wherever we can.”