Council promises £1m to improve safety on road in Cheshire

A council and Police force have responded to an e-petition calling for speed cameras and other safety innovations on the A41 near Chester by promising a million pound’s worth of investment.

Cheshire Live reports the Christleton and Waverton area has been identified to receive a cash injection from the police to make the roads safer through speed reduction, meaning it could get average speed cameras and now PCC David Keane has said that over the next year he is committed to investing more than £1 million to improve road safety..

Cheshire West and Chester Council has now responded to the online petition saying the local authority is ‘aware of highway safety issues’ that were raised by residents on this stretch of A-road and that a ‘route study’ was currently being undertaken by the council.

However, the report adds local authority said that when setting speed limits it should be ‘evidence-led, encourage self-compliance and should be seen by drivers as the maximum rather than a target speed.’

The website quotes the council as saying: “The council are aware of the highway safety issues that have been raised by local residents along the A41 between Christleton and Broxton and is currently undertaking a route study including an analysis of the collision history and also traffic volume and speed surveys that have now been completed. When setting local speed limits, it is important that speed limits should be evidence-led, encourage self-compliance and should be seen by drivers as the maximum rather than a target speed. It is also important that local authorities and police forces work closely together to ensure the correct speed limit is introduced and is enforced by the Police.”

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