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Bid to cut speed with extra traps

FIVE new speed cameras are set to be installed in Hyndburn.

FIVE new speed cameras are set to be installed in Hyndburn.

The news comes in the wake of a long-running controversy over the camera in Whalley Road, Great Harwood, which trapped scores of drivers after it was installed late last year. Several motorists claimed the signs were inadequate and have since had their cases dropped or dismissed in court.

The locations earmarked to receive new cameras are Burnley Road, Accrington; Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors; Hermitage Street, Rishton; Hyndburn Road, Accrington; and Manchester Road, Baxenden.

They are part of a county-wide clampdown on speeding motorists run by the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety and will take the total number of cameras in Hyndburn to 12. Each fully-operational camera costs around £25,000 and there are currently 204 across Lancashire.

The Baxenden camera will be just 200 metres up from an existing one near St John's Church in Manchester Road. It will aim to combat drivers who exceed the speed limit on the stretch from Rising Bridge into Hyndburn.

Figures compiled by the partnership reveal there have been seven casualties following accidents on that stretch of road over the past three years and all but one were speed-related.

Baxenden ward councillor John Griffiths said: "This is good news because residents have been complaining about speeding problems at area council meetings. We asked the county council to look into this and it has obviously listened to us."

All the new cameras should be in place by next April.


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