POLICE and council leaders are to clamp down on speeding motorists in notorious hotspots.
Western Rural NPU Inspector Phil Hodgson says that speeding motorists have become the biggest concern for Frodsham and Helsby residents ahead of youth crime and disorder.
He said: “The speeding issue is the biggest challenge; people are less concerned with other crime. But it’s not just about enforcement – I would much prefer to educate drivers and give them a slap on the wrist.”
Police officers are mounting traffic speed monitoring patrols around Frodsham, and on Wednesday they targeted Fluin Lane, also checking for drivers without seatbelts, using mobile phones and stolen vehicles.
Cllr Dennis Taylor, chair of Frodsham Town Council’s Traffic Management Committee has also called on the Highways Agency for urgent action on a “list of outstanding road safety issues.”
These include reducing the speed limit from 60 to 40mph along the A56 from Helsby to Frodsham.
Cllr Taylor said: “The national speed limit from beyond Helsby High School ends outside the main gates to Castle Park, where it drops to 30mph, but vehicles are still speeding through into Frodsham.
“Many motorists leaving Frodsham heading for Helsby also speed up when they pass Fountain Lane. But it’s still only 30mph until beyond Castle Park gates, and drivers leaving the park here really struggle to get out.
“I’m really surprised there hasn't been a serious accident here.”
He claims speeding is also an issue on Kingsley Road, Manley Road, Tarvin Road, Bridge Lane and Vicarage Lane.
Cllr Taylor added: “We’re still getting speeding traffic on all roads into Frodsham. It’s a constant worry.”
Results of a speed limit review will be presented next month to the County Council/Vale Royal Borough Council Joint Highways and Transportation Committee.
County Traffic Engineer for Vale Royal, Richard Flood, said: “We have completed our review of speed limits on all A and B roads in Cheshire and are also looking at speed management measures, such as extra road markings, particularly at gateway points on roads where traffic enters a 30mph stretch.”