Survey reveals driving at twice the limit near schools
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