Sur­vey re­veals driv­ing at twice the limit near schools

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A SPEED sur­vey has re­vealed the shock­ing re­al­ity of driv­ers hurtling along a Run­corn high­way at well over twice the limit de­spite its prox­im­ity to Phoenix Park and two pri­mary schools.

The Free­dom Of In­for­ma­tion Act data were ob­tained by neigh­bour­hood cam­paigner and in­de­pen­dent lo­cal elec­tion can­di­date Dar­rin Whyte, who said res­i­dents had raised the is­sue with him.

Con­ducted by Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil, the speed sur­vey fo­cused on Castle­fields Av­enue East and ran for eight weeks dur­ing July and Au­gust.

De­spite the road hav­ing a 30mph limit, the study recorded a ve­loc­ity of a stag­ger­ing 77mph.

Three re­sults came back as be­ing close to 80mph.

More than a third (37.8%) of ve­hi­cles were recorded as ex­ceed­ing the speed limit.

The sur­vey logged 77,035 ve­hi­cles in to­tal, with the av­er­age speed com­ing back as 28mph.

In ad­di­tion to the three cars recorded do­ing nearly 80mph, nine were reg­is­tered around 70mph, and 46 around 60mph – twice the limit.

A stag­ger­ing 1,124 were recorded at 50pmh and 15,505 at 40mph.

Jim Yates, based in Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive David Parr’s of­fice, told Mr Whyte the sur­vey re­sults were shared with Cheshire po­lice.

There is some sug­ges­tion the find­ings may have prompted some work to slow traf­fic in the area.

T Two o t tweets eets from fromRun­corn Run­corn po­lice, on Sep­tem­ber 7 and Sep­tem­ber 18, said a po­lice com­mu­nity sup­port of­fi­cer had been de­ployed to Hal­ton Cas­tle ward, which cov­ers Castle­fields Av­enue East, with a laser speed gun.

Castle­fields Av­enue East is the main road for ac­cess­ing Phoenix Park and two pri­mary schools also lie along­side it.

Mr Whyte, who stood as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in ● d A Hal­ton Cas­tle in the lo­cal elec­tions, said: “I knew it would be in­ter­est­ing to see the re­sults as this has been an is­sue lo­cal res­i­dents have raised with my­self, and an is­sue I raised at the lo­cal elec­tions but I would never of thought there would be a speed of 77mph, espe­cially with Phoenix Park along the same road.

“We have to warn driv­ers to slow down, to pre­vent an ac­ci­dent from oc­cur­ring, 77mph it’s just too danger­ous,

”I’d like to see the po­lice maybe mon­i­tor a lit­tle more.

“Maybe a lit­tle more pres­ence so peo­ple will at least think about slow­ing down.”

Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary was con­tacted for com­ment.

Dar­ren Whyte has called for ac­tion over speed­ing driv­ers on Castle­fields Av­enue East, far left

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