Evo triangle' road safety funds welcomed
A £500,000 Welsh Government investment to improve road safety in the areas of Denbighshire and Conwy known as the ‘Evo Triangle’ has been warmly welcomed by both county councils and North Wales Police.
Over recent years there have been several fatalities along the stretches of the B4501, the A5 and A543 around the Pentrefoelas, Cerrigydrudion and Denbigh Moors areas, with calls for urgent action to prevent further deaths and serious injuries
Denbighshire and Conwy Councils , with support from North Wales Police, submitted a successful bid for funding, with the £500,000 announced today (Thursday) being made available in this financial year.
The funding will be used to install average speed cameras and associated signage along the A543. A bid has also been submitted for a second phase.
Councillor Brian Jones, Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member for Highways, Planning and Sustainable Travel, said: “We are delighted that the bid for funding has been successful. There have been concerns locally about the fact that the long stretches of open roads in this area is a magnet for motorcyclists wanting to test their speed and ability. Whilst we fully understand that the natural beauty of this part of the world is an attraction, we want to make sure that motorists travel on our roads safely by reducing their speeds, adhering to warning and information signs located along the roads and considering the safety of other road users.
“Introducing road safety measures is only one part of the answer. We need people to modify their driving behaviour on our roads, to protect their own safety and that of others”.
Councillor Donald Milne, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Roads and Facilities, said: “This has been of great concern to the local community for some time, and we’ve been working closely with Denbighshire County Council and North Wales Police to find ways to tackle the problem. This funding from Welsh Government is very welcome, and will be spent on measures to make sure that those drivers who break the speed limit can be fined or prosecuted.”
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Neill Anderson of North Wales Police also welcomed the announcement. He said: “We are fully aware of the concerns surrounding the EVO triangle route and we wholeheartedly welcome today’s announcement. This is an area where families regularly visit and they are being put at risk by the unreasonable actions of some riders and drivers who are converging from all over the UK to use these roads as race tracks. Whilst we want everyone to enjoy and visit these areas of outstanding beauty all too often our officers are dealing with the devastation that occurs after serious collisions.
“We hope that the cameras will positively influence driver and rider behaviour and ensure that motorists comply with the set speed limit, resulting in a safer environment for all road users.
“Average speed cameras now operate across huge swathes of the transport network and are proven to work, with the main aim being reducing deaths and serious injury and making the roads safer for all.
“Reducing casualties on our roads remains one of our top priorities. The area known as the EVO Triangle is an area which is regularly policed, is already a designated ‘Go Safe’ route and features in our ongoing Op Darwen – a seasonal campaign aimed at reducing the number of deaths on the roads. These patrols will continue.”
Posted on 25/10/2018