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Red light cameras on the way to improve safety in Ormskirk

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Work is scheduled to begin next year to install dual-purpose traffic cameras on two junctions in Ormskirk to detect drivers speeding and jumping red lights.

The cameras are planned to be installed at the Five Ways Junction, and at the junction of Hayfield Road and Green Lane, which is the next junction along County Road towards Burscough.

The junctions have a history of incidents with 17 collisions being recorded between January 2016 and May 2021, including one fatality.

The cameras are due to be funded by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, with work currently getting underway to develop a detailed specification for the project in order to invite tenders this year.

County Councillor Charlie Edwards, Lancashire County Council cabinet member of highways and transport, said: “There is a pattern of incidents at these junctions due to drivers speeding, and running red lights, and I’m very pleased to be working alongside the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership on this project to make them safer, and deter dangerous behaviour by some drivers.

“Delivering this project at the Five Ways junction is quite complex, particularly when it comes to working out how best to design and place cameras to detect infringements of traffic movements in multiple directions, and we’re now embarking on the detailed specification to make sure the solution works well.

“I know that people will be pleased to hear about the progress with this scheme and I look forward to seeing it being delivered in the coming year.”

Lara Jones, safer roads unit manager for Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Sadly our officers have had to attend a number of serious incidents at these junctions, many of which have been caused by drivers speeding, or ignoring the traffic signals.

“The risk of being involved in a collision due to the irresponsible behaviour of another driver is clearly a concern for people in this area.

“Knowing that you will face prosecution for speeding, or jumping the lights, is a strong deterrent and I’m very pleased that we’re well on our way to improving safety at these junctions in the near future.”

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