Speed cameras set to be installed at accident blackspots

Speed cameras set to be installed at accident blackspots

by Henry James (July 2022)

OFFICERS at Lancashire County Council say work on installing a red light and speed cameras at two accident blackspots in Ormskirk will “hopefully” take place in November.

The cameras will be placed at the Five Ways and Hayfield Road junctions on the A59 to improve safety following a number of serious collisions after people had run the lights.

Red light cameras detect vehicles which pass through lights after they’ve turned red by using sensors or ground loops in the road.

Ormskirk County Councillor Nikki Hennessy wrote to county council officers requesting an update on the scheme.

In a response, the county council say a company called Jenoptick will carry out the work in November.

A spokesperson said: “We have managed to get through all the procurement process and Jenoptick will be installing there radar based system at these junctions.

“Quite a lot of detailed design has been needed given the number of cameras that will be installed, it looks like this will be nine in total, and the various legal requirements that have to be considered in regards to the placing of the cameras etc. There are also various Home Office requirements which also need to be met.

“The police have been heavily involved in this given that we need to make sure there are no technicalities which might be exploited by some who will fall foul of the cameras.

“I don’t want to make promises that I am not certain of at this point in time, but hopefully toward the end of November works will be under way.”

Councillor Hennessy added on her social media page: “I am sure there will be a media campaign to inform road users of the installation.”

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