FEWER collisions have been reported on the A55 Rhuallt Hill westbound since the trial of average speed cameras began in June last year, Transport Minister Ken Skates has said.

Since being installed, seven collisions have been recorded by the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency up until this month, June, which is five less than the previous year.

However, Ken Skates AM is keen to point out there are still far too many people speeding with nearly 9,700 motorists caught by the cameras in their first year of operation.

The Transport Minister said: “I am pleased there have been fewer collisions on the A55 Rhuallt Hill westbound since the trial of the average speed cameras began. This shows they are working and improving safety for motorists travelling on this section of road.

“However, despite the number of people found to be speeding being less than what it was in March 2018, it is clear there are still too many people putting others at great risk and being caught going far over the speed threshold.”

The minister referred to one case of a motorist caught doing 128mph on the busy A-road which he describes as ‘quite horrifying’.

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Transport Minister Ken Skates

He adds: “This is not the easiest stretch of road to navigate due to its gradient and alignment and people travelling at speeds which put others, let alone themselves, in danger is simply irresponsible and I’d urge everyone to consider how fast they are going.

“I want everyone using our roads to be able to travel in a safe environment and that is why we have installed these cameras. They have been successful so far, especially in that there have been fewer incidents, and a decision will be made at the end of the trial as to whether to make them a permanent fixture.

“However, being safe on the road is a matter where we all have a part to play. Average speed cameras have an important role in that, but ultimately it is down to all of us to drive in an appropriate and correct manner.”

The introduction of the cameras was part of the quick win interventions identified in an A55 resilience study and as a result of speed information which had already highlighted an issue in the area.

Data collected between March 8 and 27 in 2018 found 217,642 vehicles had been travelling at speeds of more than 70mph on the Rhuallt Hill westbound carriageway.

Superintendent Jane Banham of North Wales Police said: “Average speed cameras operate across much 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. We will continue to support our GoSafe colleagues and hope that the cameras will continue to positively influence driver and rider behaviour resulting in a safer environment for all road users.”

Teresa Ciano, Partnership Manager at GoSafe said: “Average speed cameras are the most effective of their type in ensuring compliance with speed limits. GoSafe’s aim is to improve road safety to improve compliance with the speed limit: we don’t want your money, we want to save lives.”

The results of the trial will now be reviewed and recommendations will be made on the continuation of the deployment of the average speed cameras.