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Lead Councillor writes to Welsh Government Minister over A483 average speed cameras – ‘residents have the right to answers’

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2019.

A senior councillor has called for clarification over the funding of the new average speed cameras on the A483 and how road safety measures on the stretch of road will be monitored.

The new cameras have been installed between the junctions at the Gresford Roundabout and the B&Q Roundabout as part of the 50mph speed limit introduced by the Welsh Government.

The reduced limit is part of an initiative to reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide on roads across Wales where emissions have been found to exceed legal limits.

Earlier this month the new speed cameras were installed. However as we reported earlier this week, the cameras are not yet active, and a grace period with ‘warning letters’ will occur being full enforcement takes place on the bypass.

We reported how Welsh Government communications have been based off out of date methods and quite poor, and our query to Wrexham Council went unanswered. It appears Wrexham Council are in the dark, prompting the relevant Lead Councillor to write to the Minister.

The system that has been installed is a dual mounted camera pair that will measure the average speed of vehicles between two sets of cameras digitally, as well as being able to record vehicle numberplate information.

Wrexham Council have said there has been concerns locally as to who is funding the cameras, where the income generated will go and how road safety will be monitored.

There has also been confusion as to whether Wrexham Council has installed the cameras or the Welsh Government – we can confirm it is the latter.

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport and the councils representative on the Joint Board for the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency has now written to the Minister for Environment and Energy & Rural affairs Lesley Griffiths AM for some answers on the installation.

He has also raised safety concerns with the Cabinet Secretary for Transport Ken Skates on Road Safety matters.

Cllr Bithell said: “A number of the issues raised relate to concerns around how the scheme has been funded, where does the income go, road safety and noise levels are all matters that have been raised with me and on social media and residents have the right to answers.

“There is particular concerns about road safety as vehicles leaving the restricted area, particularly towards Gresford Bank are accelerating and our officers have highlighted their real concerns that inappropriate speeds will cause accidents.

“I would like to reassure everyone the council’s administration also share these concerns and we will be pressing the Welsh Government to answers to these concerns.”

In his letter he has also asked if their are plans for fines issued to be ring fenced to the Welsh government which will benefit local Welsh authorities rather than the UK treasury.

We will publish any reply that is released by either party…

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