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Safety measures at accident blackspot near Uttoxeter

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PLANS are underway to introduce average speed cameras on a notorious East Staffordshire road, the county council have revealed.

The A515 currently has a speed limit of 60 miles per hour.

The plans would see the road’s speed limit reduced and a series of cameras installed to make sure drivers maintain a steady, continuous speed, rather than one camera that would allow them to accelerate again once they have passed.

Although the plans to install cameras are still in the early stages, Staffordshire County Council said that it is an issue which must be addressed following recent events.

Last week a 45-year-old woman was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire after a crash between her white Scania lorry and a silver Volvo.

The Volvo driver was taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton as a precaution.

The road has also seen fatalities and, in 2012, Andrew Watson was killed when his motorbike hit a tractor on the junction of Duffield Lane and the A515.

Staffordshire County Council’s transport boss, Simon Tagg, said: “Safety on our roads is an absolute priority for the county council and we take a proactive approach in ensuring this.

“Following recent accidents on the A515, we are now looking to install average speed cameras on the stretch from just south of the B5234 at Newborough to Six Road’s End.

“We are still finalising timescales and detailed design at the moment. Our casualty reduction team will continue to monitor accidents in this area and will work on any recommendations in the police report regarding causes of this particular accident.”

Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths, who has met with Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant and county councillor Philip Atkins to discuss problems on the road, has welcomed the decision to install the cameras.

He said: “Following my recent meeting with Councillor Atkins, I am delighted that the council are looking at options to control traffic on the A515.

“The installation of average speed cameras would be a big help to preventing the loss of life.”

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