£2.8m A500 safety scheme hit by delays
Controversial speed cameras along a five-mile stretch of the A500 have still not been switched on – eight months after they were installed.
Highways England has now handed responsibility for the enforcement of the 12 yellow average-speed cameras on the dual-carriageway between Wolstanton and junction 15 of the M6 at Hanchurch to Staffordshire Police.
But the force is still to make them live.
It has not revealed when drivers will start to be snared by the cameras. But mobile crews are still congregating on bridges over the D-road to catch speeding motorists.
Motorists zapped by the cameras will face £100 fines. The cameras were installed between May and December last year.
A police spokesman said: “The cameras are not on at the moment. The switch-on has been delayed but they will be going live soon.”
The update comes as the existing 50mph stretch of the A500 has now been extended from Etruria to Porthill following the completion of the £17.5 million project to widen part of the D-road to six lanes.
Highways England project manager Michael Hillier said: “We have reduced the speed limit permanently to 50mph, which is consistent with the majority of the A500 and is more appropriate.
“The speed cameras are there for everyone’s safety. Speed cameras are put where there’s a trend of bad driver behaviour.
“It’s just to ensure people are compliant with the speed limit and to ensure everyone’s safety.”