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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 14:51 
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More speed cameras to watch over county

Shropshire motorists will face more fixed speed cameras over the next 12 months after the controversial plans got Government backing, it was announced today.

The four new cameras will be placed in Wellington, Telford and two in north Shropshire.

Heather Mead, communications director for the West Mercia Safety Camera Partnership, said the sites had now been approved by the Department of Transport.

"We have had the bid confirmed so there will be some more cameras from April onwards," she said.

"The approval from the Department of Transport came through last week and the cameras should be installed sometime in the next financial year."

The cameras will be installed on the A518 Holyhead Road, Ketley; King Street, Wellington; the A528 at Harmer Hill, near Shrewsbury, and the A41 at Bletchley, near Market Drayton.

If they snare the same number of drivers as the first fixed camera at Bennetts Bank, Wellington, which netted almost £400,000 in its first nine months, the total fines revenue for the county would be in excess of £5 million a year.

The partnership put in the application based on a statistical analysis of speed related accidents on these roads. It means 11 fixed cameras will be in operation in the county by the end of the 2004-2005 financial year.

Meanwhile, five cameras, put up in Shrewsbury and Oswestry, are expected to become operational by the end of this month. The cameras are in Shrewsbury on Smithfield Road, Longden Road, Spring Gardens and Mytton Oak Road, and in Oswestry on Gobowen Road.

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