MORE than 250 drivers have been caught speeding on the A456 Bewdley Bypass during an enforcement operation ordered by the police and crime commissioner (PCC).

West Mercia PCC John Campion expressed concerns about the busy road in January, after figures revealed there had been one fatal, two serious and six slight-injury collisions on the bypass.

Police started enforcement on the road in March and have since carried out almost 20 hours of activity across two months.

During this time, 256 prosecutable speeding offences were recorded, and 37 per cent of the drivers were from Wyre Forest. One was caught travelling at 93mph.

Around 17 per cent were from other areas in West Mercia, 30 per cent were from outside the area, and 16 per cent were from Shropshire.

The data also found that 13 per cent of the vehicles caught were light goods vehicles, compared to the average eight per cent.

Mr Campion said: "When people started expressing their concerns over this road, I promised I would raise them with West Mercia Police with a view to carrying out some enforcement.

“Whilst I knew this road suffered with speeding, I am still staggered to see the data that has been gathered over the past few months.

"The majority of those caught speeding live in the West Mercia area, so I am disappointed that they are most likely familiar with the road and how dangerous it can be.

"As road users, we all have our part to play in reducing collisions on our roads – such as driving slower and respecting other drivers.

“I am grateful to the West Mercia Police Safer Roads team for acting so quickly and making this road a priority.

"As enforcement continues and letters start landing on people’s doormats, I hope that people’s attitudes will change.

"We need to see the number of people losing their lives or becoming seriously injured on our roads dramatically reduce.

"It is simply not acceptable for people to continue driving at these excessive speeds and putting people’s lives at risk.”