SPEED cameras are unlikely to be introduced on a busy Barnton road – because not enough people have been killed or seriously injured there.
Last week one resident said cameras should be introduced along Runcorn Road after two bad accidents in seven days near to the Beech Tree pub.
A council survey in 2001 showed 40% of drivers heading out of Barnton, and 44% going into the village, exceeded the 30mph limit. And one in 10 travelling towards Runcorn was recorded doing over 50mph.
Attempts by parish councillors to get a pedestrian crossing and refuge have been knocked back by Cheshire County Council, and police said the number of “KSIs” - people killed and seriously injured - must reach a certain level before speed cameras are considered.
“They will not be put up until we have data to be able to justify it,” said Sgt Dave Harrison, of the Northwich road policing unit.
A major review of all A and B roads in Cheshire by the county council’s Highways department is “currently ongoing”. Sgt Harrison admitted Runcorn Road is an area of concern, and said whatever the outcome of the review police will continue to monitor it.
“There are other roads in the area that have to take our fullest attention but the A559 Runcorn Road is a not forgotten area,” he said. “And it doesn’t mean our officers won’t be enforcing the limit.”