Extra average speed cameras are coming to one rural village near Winter Hill this week

Additional average speed cameras are set to be turned on in a village east of Winter Hill.

Tuesday, 25th June 2019, 7:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th June 2019, 8:43 pm
Additional average speed cameras will go live on July 26 on the A675 Belmont Village (Lancashire Road Safety)

The new cameras in Belmont, east of Chorley and Winter Hill, will go live on Wednesday, June 26, on the A675 in Belmont.

Following an installation in 2017, four more cameras will be added to the Belmont village section of the average speed route which runs on the A675 between junction three of the M65 and the border with Greater Manchester at Scout Road.

A Lancashire Road Safety spokesman said: "At the beginning of 2017 it was announced by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership that eight routes across Lancashire would be installed with average speed cameras in a bid to reduce road casualties.

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Additional average speed cameras will go live on July 26 on the A675 Belmont Village (Lancashire Road Safety)

"All of the average speed routes are part of an on-going evaluation that will last at least another 12 months.

"The team have been able to make tweaks to the routes where necessary and identified some changes for Belmont Village within the 30 mph section.

"The A675 route showed a marginal increase in speeds through Belmont village after the removal of the static camera housing."

Additional cameras were placed through the village in March 2019.

Where the new cameras are located (Lancashire Road Safety)

The spokesman added: "Residents local to this route have already commented the road is much safer and fairly rare to see overtaking in dangerous places.

"We hope that these updates to the route will further improve safety for all road users.

"Speeds through the rest of the route including through Abbey Village show good compliance and a reduction in speeds."

These additional cameras look slightly different to other sections of the route as they are mounted onto existing street furniture such as lighting columns.

They will still use the same number plate recognition technology to detect vehicles and calculate their average speed by measuring the time taken to travel between fixed points of a known distance apart.

There will be sanctions for anyone detected breaching the speed limits.

Where eligible they will be given the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course to learn about the dangers of speeding, accept a conditional offer of a fixed penalty (currently £100 and three penalty points) or for higher speeds the matter may be referred to court.