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Cheshire East Council and Cheshire Road Safety Group – A537 Cat and Fiddle

Safer Roads, 2016

For years, the A537 Macclesfield to Buxton road has had a history of incidents, many involving high powered motor cycles.

It was often ranked as the highest risk road in the UK EuroRAP surveys. A decision was therefore taken to implement rearward facing average speed cameras. This was the first time that they had been used on a remote rural road with long straights, sweeping bends, tight corners and varying gradients over moors.

Together with other measures such as reduction in speed limit, high friction surfacing high visibility warning signs, red warning surface dressing, motorcycle friendly barriers, enforcement signage, carriageway widening and mobile camera deployment, casualties have reduced.