ADDITIONAL cameras to monitor speeds through a village have been placed at a roadside.

The new devices, on the A675 in Belmont, aim to stop motorists accelerating through it.

The road was one of eight in Lancashire fitted with average speed cameras by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership in a bid to reduce road casualties in 2017 which also included the notorious B6232 Grane Road between Blackburn and Haslingden.

Higher speeds in Belmont are a blackspot on the otherwise successful introduction of the devices which went live in June 2017.

Now the partnership has issued a statement to village residents which says: “All of the average speed routes are part of an ongoing evaluation that will last at least another 12 months. This means that the team have been able to make tweaks to the routes where necessary and will continue to do so where it is felt improvements can be made.

“The A675 route has shown a marginal increase in speeds through Belmont village after the removal of the static camera housing so additional cameras will be placed through the village from March 4, 2019.

“Speeds through the rest of the route including through Abbey Village show good compliance and a reduction in speeds.

“Comments from residents have already commented ‘the road is much safer and it's fairly rare to see overtaking in dangerous places. Long may it continue’. We hope that these updates to the route will further improve safety for all road users.”

In the first three months of operation after the cameras went live on Grane Road in November 2017 , 26,000 motorists were caught speeding by the new system.

The A682 Gisburn Road, between the A59 at Gisburn and Whittycroft Avenue, Higherford has also been fitted with average speed cameras.