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Council to invite tenders to install hi-tech cameras at two junctions

Council to invite tenders to install hi-tech cameras at two junctions

by Henry James (September 2021)

DUAL-purpose traffic cameras are set to be installed next year at two junctions in Ormskirk next year to detect drivers speeding and jumping red lights.

The cameras will be at the Five Ways Junction, and at the junction of Hayfield Road and Green Lane, which is the next junction along County Road towards Burscough.

The junctions have a history of incidents with 17 collisions being recorded between January 2016 and May 2021, including one fatality.

The cameras will be funded by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, with work currently getting underway to develop a detailed specification for the project in order to invite tenders this year.

Charlie Edwards, Lancashire County Council cabinet member of highways and transport, said: “Delivering this project at the Five Ways junction is quite complex, particularly when it comes to working out how best to design and place cameras to detect infringements of traffic movements in multiple directions, and we’re now embarking on the detailed specification to make sure the solution works well.”

Lara Jones, safer roads unit manager for Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Our officers have had to attend a number of serious incidents at these junctions, many of which have been caused by drivers speeding, or ignoring the traffic signals.

“The risk of being involved in a collision due to the irresponsible behaviour of another driver is clearly a concern for people in this area.

“Knowing that you will face prosecution for speeding, or jumping the lights, is a strong deterrent and I’m pleased that we're well on our way to improving safety at these junctions in the near future.”

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