A SPEED trap at an accident blackspot which claimed three lives is having 'a positive effect', say operators.
Cheshire Safety Camera Partnership began stationing a camera van on the A54 between Ashton Hayes and Kelsall last month after three motorists were killed in the space of four weeks.
Partnership manager Lee Murphy said while it is too early for statistics, it is clear drivers are slowing down. He said: 'The first time the camera went
out, there were around 20 speeding motorists recorded in four hours but it has decreased.
'The last time we went, we got two offenders. We are pretty happy about that and hopefully it will have a knock-on effect if we remain visibly present and we will see reduction in casualties along that road.'
Before the camera was installed speed surveys near the junction with Ashton Hayes showed 47% of drivers over a week exceeded the 60mph limit and the average speed was 70mph.
The speed van recorded one motorist travelling at 82mph through the 60mph zone on the first day at the site.
Some residents have expressed concerns that the camera will not solve problems at the junction with Chester Road in Kelsall and motorists speeding down Kelsall Hill.
Plans to add the site to the Cheshire network of safety van sites have also been put on hold as the Department for
Transport awaits a report on the performance of existing sites.
Mr Murphy is confident such concerns will soon be resolved. He said: 'As well as the van there are going to be improvements in signage at the junction. From the Government what I expect is a report that says cameras are having positive effect.
'The DfT decision does not stop part-nerships addressing individual situations and in the meantime while we wait we can't not address issues being brought to our attention.'