Speed checks conducted on the A350 near Warminster

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Following information that was received from the community within Warminster, Insp Gill Hughes is pleased to report that the Community Policing Team and officers from the roads policing unit have carried out speed checks in the Warminster rural area, specifically on the A350 in the Warminster area.

The following update is from PS Will Ayres from the Roads Policing Unit concerning the recent operations…

I have directed roads policing officers to the A350 to conduct speed checks at the location that has been raised as a cause for concern and I have ensured both marked and unmarked cars have been used to guarantee both high visibility patrols are mixed with the best chance to catch the highest speeding offenders.

My team’s focus was mainly on the weekends, with attention paid to motorcyclists. We have been supporting the local community policing teams in this approach to tackling the speed issues raised.

To date, I am pleased with the efforts of my team, bearing in mind we are short staffed and have had a number of serious and fatal collisions that have taken up time away from patrolling. We can report that eight drivers were stopped and proactively dealt with for offences relating to the 40mph speed limit - the highest speed dealt with being 62mph.

There were no motorcycles caught at excessive speed and I can confirm that my officers attended on a Tuesday evening when one of the few bike meets were on in Dorset and engagement was conducted with the motorcycling community.

I have also liaised with the traffic management and road safety unit within Wiltshire Police and expressed the communities concerns.

We have conducted research in the location, there have been fourteen collisions in the past five years (up to 31/12/2019), three involving motorcycles but none attributed to speed.

The possibility of getting engineering work conducted to assist speed control on this section of road would be very limited.

The council look at injury/fatal statistics and the figures presented would not meet the grade for further work. Equally, the A350 is a main arterial route and the 40mph limit seems suitable and proportionate.

As with every speed limit, there are always those who breach the limits. One tool that could be requested is that of metro count. These are the rubber strips put down on the road, this would measure all the vehicle traffic in Longbridge Deverill and provide detailed speed information.

You as a member of the community can request this on the following link: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council-democracy-area-boards

However, this will provide all vehicle data not just motorcycles. The positives of requesting the metro count will be that we will all get an accurate picture of the speeding issue in the area.
If the strips are placed within the 40mph limit and the speed returns is within certain parameters then the possibility of starting a community speed watch could potentially happen.

I mentioned the likelihood of engineering work may be limited, however, additional signage, road paint or other initiatives such as the rumble strips on the approach to the 40mph limit could be considered.

This is heard at the Community Area Transport Group (CATG) and details can be found through your parish council/website. You can raise concerns and potential solutions and the matters reviewed and funded at these meetings.

We will continue as a department to proactively patrol the A350 as it is one of the strategic roads within Wiltshire and we will continue to conduct speed limits in Longbridge Deverill.

Keep safe on the roads and remember to always check your vehicles, especially your tyres, monthly and before making any long journeys.
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