If THE newly installed average speed camera “saves one life it will be worth it”, it has been claimed.
Flintshire Council has spent £130,000 on the speed calming measure which has now been installed on Sealand Road following a decade-long battle.
Cllr Christine Jones, Labour councillor for Sealand, said she was thrilled about the cameras installation at long last.
The local authority confirmed it is working in partnership with road safety organisation GoSafe to install the £130,000 enforcement system on the A548 Sealand Road near Chester.
The scheme is the first of its kind in North Wales and is expected to go live next week.
Studies carried out by the local authority identified the majority of the accidents have been shown to be speed related.
In a bid to curb the number of accidents on the stretch of road, the system will operate over a four-kilometre stretch of the A548, from the existing 40mph speed limit east of Manor Road to the county boundary with Cheshire.
The system will measure average speeds over the route and fixed penalty notices will be issued if vehicles are found to be exceeding the speed limit along the route.
Cllr Jones said: “We’re thrilled to bits because it’s been a long campaign.
“It's been a long time coming and hopefully it will save lives.
“Something had to be done and we needed the extra initiative.
“People will have to take it now and hopefully it will slow traffic.
“We've been after this for 10 years and if it saves one life, it will be worth it.”
Appropriate signage will be installed at the entry points and additional repeater ‘camera’ signs will be installed along the section of Sealand Road affected by the proposals.
The new camera system will monitor the average speed of vehicles along the whole route, preventing the temptation for motorists to speed up as sometimes happens after passing the usual static speed cameras.
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