October 30th, 2020
Spotlight on Sites - A55 Colwyn Bay

Our mobile enforcement site on the A55, Colwyn Bay was established in October 2020 as a replacement for two previous sites which enforced in the Westbound and Eastbound directions. These two previous sites have been continuously enforced since 2012.


Prior to establishing the sites back in 2012 there had been 19 collisions with 26 casualties including 4 children and 2 pedestrians. Speed surveys had shown that approximately 40% of vehicles were exceeding the speed limit with 1% of vehicles recording speeds in excess of 65mph.


Due to the speeds recorded it was considered fortunate that there had not been more serious injuries resulting from the many collisions.


The road has a 50mph speed limit and is located on the North Wales Expressway which is a major Trunk road running along the coastline. Large volumes of traffic use the road for local commuting and travel between the ferry terminal at Holyhead and major cities in England such as Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.


The vehicles using the road include a large number of HGVs transporting goods between Ireland and mainland UK.


In 2017 there were 2 collisions with one person sustaining serious injury and 3 minor injuries (including one child). In 2018 there was one collision resulting in 1 seriously injured casualty and 1 minor casualty. In 2019 there were 2 collisions with 4 minor injuries.


Enforcement of this site was relocated to a new parking location in October, 2020 which allows monitoring of both carriageways from a safer, more prominent location. Whilst enforcement of this site has resulted in a reduction in collision/casualty rates, some very high speeds have been recorded on the A55 so enforcement will continue for the foreseeable future.


Our North Wales Police GoSafe Coordinator said:


“We enforce at the right place, at the right time, for the right reason. When enforcing at this location, we record an average of 60 speeding offences an hour. Speeding increases the risk of collisions and injuries on our roads and by enforcing at this site we hope to encourage motorists to comply with the legal speed limit and to see a reduction in the volume of offences we record.”

Friday, 30 October 2020