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Over a quarter of a million pounds will fund projects to make roads safer across West Mercia, as part of Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion’s Road Safety Fund.

With the original fund boosted by £30k after more than 80 applications were submitted by local communities, the PCC is funding a wide range of schemes in Worcestershire.

Understanding speeding is a major contributory factor in around one third of all road traffic collisions, the PCC is investing in measures to drive down speed.

A total of 25 Speed Indicator Devices will be funded across Worcestershire in 20 local parishes as well as in the towns of Bromsgrove and Stourport.

Parishes being awarded funding to purchase Speed Indicator Devices:

  • Barnt Green.
  • Bushley.
  • Warndon.
  • Childswickham.
  • Cookhill.
  • Droitwich Spa.
  • Holt Heath.
  • Little Comberton.
  • Offenham.
  • Rock.
  • Lower Broadheath.
  • Rous Lench.
  • Severn Stoke and Croome d’Aboitot.
  • Stock and Bradley.
  • Bourneheath.
  • Catshill.
  • Cofton Hacket.
  • Dodderhill.
  • Feckenham.
  • Kidderminster Foreign.
  • Upton Snodsbury.

Malvern Wells Parish Council is set to receive £3,700 to install traffic calming gates, to be placed at each entrance to the villages of Malvern Wells, Upper Welland and the Wyche.

Helping children get to school safely by bike and promoting green transport, the PCC is backing Bike Worcester with a £4,000 award.

Half of the money will be used on promoting Bike Bus to school communities and road users in the city. This is a scheme which sees adults riding together in formation, ensuring they are kept safe from vehicles.

The other £2,000 will see work to increase bike safety by raising awareness of how to pass cyclists safely and the distribution of reflect signs to boost visibility on the road.

Projects covering the whole of West Mercia will also benefit from the PCC’s funding. West Mercia Police’s ‘Car Safety Campaign’ will see safety advice rolled out to parents to reduce harm to young passengers.

PCC John Campion said: “I speak regularly to residents and road safety is often a top priority. It’s a concern I share, and I am committed to playing my part to reduce the number of people seriously injured or killed on our roads.

“This is only possible with the support of local communities, so I welcome the number of applications and the creative ideas that were submitted.

“I look forward to seeing the schemes from cameras to education programmes being rolled out in the county, helping to drive change in West Mercia.”

Deputy PCC at Stourport
Deputy PCC in Bromsgrove.