Drivers warned about 50mph M5 motorway speed limit

By Tristan Harris Monday 17 March 2014 Updated: 20/03 23:34

DRIVERS using the M5 are being urged to observe the temporary 50mph speed limit which is in place whilst roadworks are being carried out on the central barrier.

They are taking place in both directions between Junction 4a (Birmingham South and East, Redditch and the M42) to Junction 6 (Worcester), via Bromsgrove and Droitwich.

The average speed restrictions are being enforced with the use of several cameras along the route and ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology to identify the vehicles and calculate their average speeds.

Anna Higgins, the Safer Roads Partnership's communications manager, said the enforcement was taking place 24-hours-a-day and urged all motorists to comply with the clearly marked speed limit and to exercise caution as they travelled through the area.

"Our main concern and the reason why we are undertaking enforcement is to ensure that both motorists and road workers are kept safe."

Matthew Taylor, Highways Agency's asset manager, said: "Safety cameras are used to help minimise the risk faced by road workers - who are often working in difficult conditions next to live traffic - and for drivers passing through the works area.

“We realise roadworks can frustrate road users and we would urge drivers to allow extra time for their journeys, so they can pass through the section safely.”

The roadworks are scheduled to take place until April 24.

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