PLANS are underway to introduce average speed cameras on a notorious East Staffordshire road, the county council have revealed.
The A515, which runs from Lichfield to Buxton, currently has a speed limit of 60 miles per hour. The plans would see the road, which is an accident black spot and runs past Kings Bromley and Yoxhall, have its limit reduced and a series of cameras installed to make sure drivers maintain a steady, continuous speed, rather than one camera that would allow them to accelerate again once they have passed. Although the plans to install cameras are still in the early stages, Staffordshire County Council say that it is an issue which must be addressed following recent events.
Last week the Mail reported that a 45-year-old woman had to be airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire after being involved in a collision with a silver Volvo and a white Scania lorry.
The Volvo driver was taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton as a precaution. However, the road has also seen fatalities and in 2012, Andrew Watson was killed when his motorbike hit a tractor on the junction of Duffield Lane and the A515.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for transport Simon Tagg said: “Safety on our roads is an absolute priority for the county council and we take a proactive approach in ensuring this. Following recent accidents on the A515, we are now looking to install average speed cameras on the stretch from just south of the B5234 at Newborough to Six Road’s End.
“We are still finalising timescales and detailed design at the moment. Our casualty reduction team will continue to monitor accidents in this area and will work on any recommendations in the police report regarding causes of this particular accident.”
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who has previously met with Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant and county councillor Philip Atkins to discuss problems on the road, has welcomed the decision to take forward the plans to introduce average speed cameras.
He said: “Following my recent meeting with Councillor Atkins, I am delighted to hear that the county council are looking at options to control traffic on the A515. For some time now the road has been causing misery for residents as HGVs also use it as a cut-through to access Shobnall Road.
“The installation of average speed cameras would be a big help to preventing the loss of life.”