A MOBILE speed trap will soon be operating on a popular Worcester road, following complaints from people living nearby about speeding.

A mobile speed camera will be used in Hastings Drive, Warndon Villages, Worcester, from early next month to try and reduce the speed of vehicles travelling through the area.

The camera has been allocated to the area as part of Safer Roads Partnership’s Community Concern programme, which responds to community requests for speed enforcement.

People raised concerns through the local policing team about the the number of drivers breaking the 30mph speed limit and asked for action to be taken.

Data collected by the Safer Roads Partnership highlighted that drivers in the area were speeding, with at least six out of 10 breaking the 30mph limit and 15 per cent of vehicles travelling above 39.3mph.

Anna Higgins, of the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia, said: “The speed data collected on Hastings Drive has highlighted a significant speed problem which is affecting the quality of life for local residents. To address this issue, we are launching a new community concern enforcement site.

“We hope that the presence of a speed camera will improve driver compliance with the 30mph speed limit and improve the safety of the road for all those who use it.

"The site will be operational for at least six months and data will be collected during this time to assess the impact of our enforcement .”

Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council customer and community manager, said: ”Speed limits exist for a reason and anyone who exceeds them is putting themselves, passengers, other road users and pedestrians in danger.

“The message to anyone travelling too fast is a simple one. Slow down and stay safe.”