13:19 Wednesday 15 January 2014

Speed cameras considered after A515 smash

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

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HIGHWAYS bosses say they are ‘considering’ the installation of average speed cameras on a busy East Staffordshire road, following a collision which shut the route for almost four hours.

A 50-year-old man was trapped in his car for two hours after he hit a van on the A515 near Newborough last Thursday evening.

Emergency services staff eventually had to cut him from the vehicle, and a stretch of the road – a known accident blackspot – was closed until 10pm, while investigations took place into the collision.

Following the crash, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “We have some of the safest roads in the country, which is a record we are proud of and have worked hard to achieve.

“Regular mobile speed enforcement is already undertaken on the A515 between Yoxall and Draycott in the Clay.

“In addition, consideration is also being given to implementing average speed cameras on this stretch of road.”

The authority initially spoke of installing cameras last spring.

Bethan Waite, chairman of Newborough Parish Council, implied that change could not come quickly enough for she and her colleagues.

“That A515 is the boundary of Newborough parish, but it is a heavily dangerous black spot.

“There have been many accidents over the years, and I personally would be keen to urge the county council to look at safety measures on that stretch of road,” she told the Mail.

Last autumn saw the successful installation of traffic calming measures through the centre of the village, and Councillor Waite said she was hoping for similar success with a scheme on the A515.

Draycott in the Clay Parish Council has made previous calls for action on the road, where a man died several years ago following an accident.

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