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Speed cameras to be switched off in Solihull

SPEED cameras across Solihull and the wider West Midlands will be switched off from next April, it has been announced.

SPEED cameras across Solihull and the wider West Midlands will be switched off from next April, it has been announced.

The drastic money-saving measure, backed by seven councils across the region last Friday, has polarised opinion.

Their future has been in doubt since last year, when local authorities had their road safety budgets slashed by central government.

Funding was eventually found to keep some of the devices in use, although two thirds of the regions 305 fixed cameras are now redundant.

It's unclear how many of the 32 in the borough are still in use, but the plug will be pulled on those that are in less than six months time.

There will, however, be a review into the long-term future of cameras at the worst accident blackspots - where council chiefs could spend s489,000 upgrading the devices to digital.

Councillor David Jamieson, leader of Solihull's Labour group, had warned last year that the reduced number would not survive for long without government help.

To fill the gap left by the cameras, West Midlands Police will rely on mobile cameras installed inside vans to catch drivers breaking speed limits.In the past year, 37,000 people were caught in this way, compared to 65,133 snapped by the 73 surviving speed cameras.

 

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