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Warning on risk over raod safety

SOLIHULL’S highways chief has written to the Department of Transport - warning them against slashing the road safety budget.

SOLIHULL’S highways chief has written to the Department of Transport - warning them against slashing the road safety budget.

Councillor David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport and highways, fears that the days of speed cameras could be numbered.

He’s concerned that cuts could make it impossible to maintain the cameras - which he said had helped save lives on the borough’s roads.

Speaking to the Solihull News, Coun Jamieson said that it was vital that drivers and pedestrians weren’t put at risk by spending cuts.

“In Solihull, and the country as a whole, we’ve got a road safety record to be proud of - Britain’s is one of the best in the world.

“Speed cameras obviously play a part in this - they’re put in places where there have been several deaths or injuries on the road.”

The coalition government has already said that there won’t be cash available for new speed cameras.

However, Coun Jamieson fears if further cuts are announced, it would become impossible to maintain the devices already installed.

“While I don’t think there’s a pressing need for more speed cameras in Solihull, it does worry me that we could lose the ones we already have.

“If the government wants to get rid of speed cameras there should be a full debate, it can’t be done by the back door.”

 

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