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Motorists urged to be patient during M5 roadworks

Worcester Editorial 12th Mar, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

MOTORISTS travelling up and down the M5 near Worcester are being urged to watch their speed.

Work is currently taking place between Junction 4a for Bromsgrove and Junction 6 for north Worcester to upgrade the central reservation barrier.

A temporary 50mph speed limit has been imposed along the route while the work, which is expected to be completed in September, is being carried out.

Highways bosses said they understood drivers’ frustrations at the distribution caused by the roadworks, but they urged users of the route to remain patient and to continue to observe the speed limit.

Anna Higgins, communications manager at the Safer Roads Partnership, said average speed cameras were in operation 24 hours a day.

“Speed enforcement on this stretch of the M5 is necessary while roadworks are taking place,” she said. “Our main concern and the reason why we are undertaking enforcement is to ensure that both motorists and road workers are kept safe.

“We are therefore urging all motorists to exercise caution as they travel through the area and comply with the speed limit, which is clearly marked.”

Matthew Taylor, asset manager at the Highways Agency, added: “Safety on the road network is of paramount importance.

“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 that 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.”

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