A SERIES of average speed cameras have been installed in Shirley.
Positioned in the 40mph section of the A34, Stratford Road, between the B4102 Marshall Lake Road and the M42 Motorway junctions, the cameras will monitor the speed of vehicles travelling in both directions.
Solihull Council has funded the cameras as part of its commitment to to improving road safety across the borough and it will go live from January 16.
The system will then be maned as part of the West Midlands Police Safety Camera operations.
The authority worked alongside West Midlands Police to replace the fixed spot safety camera sites along a section of the Stratford Road, that continues to have a high road traffic collision rate.
Solihull Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Infrastructure, Councllor Ken Hawkins, said: “Speeding is one of the biggest causes of death and injuries on our roads. Our new digital average speed cameras will be able to identify vehicles on a stretch of the A34 that travel in excess of the 40-mph limit, where speeding is sadly still an issue. Speed limits are there for a reason and we will do whatever we can to encourage safe driving on our roads.”
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, said: “We have pledged to improve road safety and do all we can to reduce the number of people who are avoidably and tragically killed and seriously injured on our roads.
“That is why it is important I am here in Shirley, supporting the installation of average speed enforcement cameras. This initiative illustrates the importance of partnership working, between local authorities and the police.”